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An unarmed U.S. Air Force veteran was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the storming of the U.S. Capitol this Wednesday.
Ashli Babbitt, a married business-owner from San Diego who’d reportedly served four tours of duty, was shot as a “mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side,” according to station WPIX.
Video footage from the scene shows Babbitt standing alongside other people on one side of the door when the police on the other side suddenly opened fire, striking her.
Watch the footage below (*Graphic content):
A young woman was just shot in the neck right besides me in the Capitol Building pic.twitter.com/hLQo4IP8J1
— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) January 6, 2021
— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) January 6, 2021
— Jayden X (@thejaydenxander) January 7, 2021
Babbitt was reportedly placed on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital where she died not long after.
Speaking with San Diego station KUSI after the shooting, her husband, Aaron Babbitt, described her as a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and a great patriot.
Watch KUSI’s report below:
Speaking with the New York Post, Babbitt’s mother-in-law, Robin, also confirmed that she had indeed been a supporter of the president. She further claimed that nobody from D.C., which is run by Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser, had informed her or her son about her daughter-in-law’s death.
“I’m numb. I’m devastated. Nobody from DC notified my son, and we found out on TV. She is a Trump supporter,” Robin said.
Everything is “pretty surreal. It’s hard because we haven’t been officially notified,” Aaron’s brother, Justin, added.
Despite their frustration over Babbitt’s death, her family members don’t understand “why she decided to” travel to D.C. in the first place:
BREAKING: Family confirms woman shot & killed at Capitol is Ashley Babbit. She owned a business in San Diego w/ her husband who did not come to DC. “I really dont know why she decided to do this,” her mother-in-law tells me. Police have not confirmed circumstances of shooting pic.twitter.com/OOYpNWpMLg
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) January 7, 2021
It’s believed Babbitt had run a Twitter account with the alias “CommonAshSense” prior to her death.
While her account contains numerous retweets of high-profile Trump supporters, the last tweet of her own that she posted was put up Tuesday.
Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!
— CommonAshSense (@Ashli_Babbitt) January 5, 2021
Among the retweets are dozens promoting the #StopTheSteal rally in D.C. that proceeded the storming of the U.S. Capitol. The president personally attended the rally.
“So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voted for anything, not even one vote,” he said at the event.
“But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
Watch the full rally below:
Three others also died during the storming of the U.S. Capitol, though their deaths were reportedly triggered by medical emergencies, according to D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee.
“One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths,” he said during a press briefing late Wednesday.
Meanwhile, at least 52 people were arrested and 14 local police officers injured.
“By 9:30 p.m., 52 people had been arrested. Four were taken into custody on suspicion of carrying pistols without licenses, one for alleged possession of a prohibited weapon, and 47 on suspicion of curfew and unlawful entry violations, Contee said. Of those detained, 26 were arrested on Capitol grounds,” station KTLA reported.
“Authorities also recovered two pipe bombs — one each at the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters. A cooler containing a long gun and Molotov cocktails were also seized at the Capitol. And six firearms were recovered Wednesday, in addition to three the night before, according to Contee.”
Unlike the BLM/Antifa riots that destroyed countless businesses and left dozens dead this past summer, the storming of the U.S. Capitol provoked widespread, bipartisan condemnation, with both Democrats and Republicans denouncing it.
Violence is always unacceptable. Even when passions run high.
Anyone engaged in violence—especially against law enforcement—should be fully prosecuted.
God bless the Capitol Police and the honorable men & women of law enforcement who show great courage keeping all of us safe.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2021
Statement from Senator Josh Hawley:
Thank you to the brave law enforcement officials who have put their lives on the line. The violence must end, those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted, and Congress must get back to work and finish its job
— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) January 6, 2021
Those who made this attack on our government need to be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Their actions are repugnant to democracy.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 6, 2021
Such denunciations were never offered by Democrats after their base burned down cities, killed innocent people, and tried to murder a congressman.
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