UPDATE | A WOMAN has died after being shot during violent and chaotic clashes at the US Capitol building in Washington DC.
Confronting vision has emerged online showing the moment the woman is shot inside the building, which had been stormed by protestors.
You can hear a single gunshot ring through the air before the woman is seen falling down with blood pouring from her mouth.
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She was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but DC law enforcement have since confirmed she died from her injuries.
There are also reports an explosive device was found on Capitol grounds but it was safely detonated.
The National Guard has been called in and a curfew is now in place as authorities try to get the upper hand on the tensions as day turns to night in Washington DC.
EARLIER | US President Donald Trump has finally addressed the nation as violence continues in Washington DC.
Trump released a short video on Twitter, urging his supporters to “go home” after they stormed the US Capitol building.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt,” President Trump said in the video.
“We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.
“But you have to go home now.
“We have to have peace. We have to have Law and Order.”
The President again reiterated his claims the election was fraudulent.
“But we can’t play into the hands of these people.
“So go home. We love you.”
EARLIER | President elect Joe Biden has addressed the nation as chaotic scenes unfold outside the US Capitol building.
Washington DC is in lockdown after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building where Congress was meeting to ratify Biden’s election victory.
Biden told the nation the violence needs to stop.
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault,” he said.
“I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.
“To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, the floor of the United States Senate, rummaging through desks on the House of Representatives, threatening the safety of dually elected officials, it is not protest, it is insurrection.
“Today is a reminder that democracy is fragile and to preserve it requires people of goodwill and leaders who have the courage to stand up, who are devoted, not to the pursuit of power, or the personal pursuit of their own selfish interests at any cost, but of the common good.
“Think what our children watching television are thinking. Think what the rest of the world is looking at.”
Biden also called on President Trump to “step up”.
“I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the constitution and demand an end to this siege.”
EARLIER | WASHINGTON DC is in lockdown this morning after pro-Trump supporters breached police lines and stormed the US Capitol building where Congress was meeting to ratify Joe Biden’s election win.
Thousands of protestors had gathered in Washington DC, refusing to accept President Donald Trump’s election loss.
Spectators tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps where they were met by heavily armed law enforcement.
Some in the crowd were shouting “traitors” as the officers tried to keep them back.
Protestors then stormed into the building, forcing Congress members into a recess as they were escorted out with gas masks and moved to secure locations.
Washington DC emergency services say several people are being treated for injuries and there has been an unconfirmed report of a person who has been shot.
"We are hearing reports that there have been some injuries and an unconfirmed report of someone being shot in the Capitol building area, but we have not had that confirmed."
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 6, 2021
“I heard them say shots fired,” leading Republican Kevin McCarthy. told Fox News.
Addressing the unfolding situation on Twitter, Mr Trump urged protesters to “stay peaceful”.
“Please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement,” he wrote.
“They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
His daughter, Ivanka Trump, has also tried to stop the chaos.
It follows a speech from the US President himself, who told his supporters at a nearby rally to go down to the building.
He also repeated baseless claims of election fraud.
“We will not let them silence your voices,” Mr Trump said.
President elect Joe Biden is scheduled to address the situation shortly. He was scheduled to speak on the economy at an event Delaware anyway.