US Capitol turmoil: Shooting victim was ‘US army veteran’
Published: 11:45 AM, 7 January 2021
Ashli Babbitt, a US Army veteran, was shot dead during the violent protests at the US Capitol
The woman shot and killed during the violent protests at the US Capitol has reportedly been identified as a US Army veteran and her name was Ashli Babbitt, confirmed her husband.
The husband of the deceased has paid tribute to her after she was shot in the chest during clashes between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.
Speaking to local network KUSI news, he describes her as a “strong Trump supporter” and a great patriot.
He said Ashli Babbitt served in the military, completing four tours with the US Air Force and working as a high-level security official during her service.
Police say they are investigating her death.
The day before her death, Babbitt wrote on Twitter: “Storm is here, Nothing will stop us.”
She also retweeted footage of protesters gathering and wished “Gods speed” to those taking part in the protests and declared January 6 as the day Republicans “start winning”.
The shooting happened as tens of thousands of protesters breached barricades and stormed the US Capitol building as lawmakers meet to vote on certifying US President-elect Joe Biden.