The U.S. Capitol is on lockdown as thousands of pro-Trump protesters swarmed buildings in the complex and clashed with police, halting the joint session to certify the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden. It all started after President Donald Trump addressed his supporters with baseless claims of election fraud.
Members of Congress were handed gas masks as they evacuated the building. Police used pepper spray as protestors tore down barricades to push their way through.
Images from inside the Senate chamber show capitol security with guns drawn. There are reports of at least one woman who was shot in the chest.
The Virginia National Guard was called in, along with 200 state police. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a 6 p.m. curfew.
New Jersey’s congressional delegation sent tweets and messages to relay their safety. Senior Correspondent David Cruz spoke with Rep. Albio Sires by phone from Washington D.C.