BREAKING: Protestors storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
5:30 pm Update....
On a day when President-Elect Joe Biden's electoral votes were set to be confirmed, protestors who didn't wish to see that take place rioted outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and some of them got into the actual building in a scene of turmoil and chaos.
It was just before 2:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon that U.S. Capitol Police began evacuating congressional offices as thousands of people gathered outside the building, according to the Associated Press (who also has the latest up to the minute updates), and about 20 minutes later police locked down the building moments leading up to protestors "beaching the capitol".
The Mayor of Washington D.C. then ordered a 6:00 pm curfew in the city, per the AP, but that did nothing to stop the flood of protestors and rioters.
Lawmakers were then evacuated, as many as possible, and those inside were given protective gear to wear and security began to tighten for their protection.
The members in the house were instructed to put on tear masks in the event it would be needed.
And it was as shown in a photo by ABC News this afternoon.
The DOD requested the presence of the National Guard to help disperse the crowd and keep people safe.
One person inside the building as of this afternoon was shot and wheeled out on a stretcher, according to the AP, as protestors continue violent actions at the U.S. Capitol.
The DOH has also sent in federal agents to assist with security efforts.
At one point during the riot, NBC News tweeted out a photo of a protestor in the actual building hanging from a rafter.
Protestors then surround the chambers inside the Senate spread out along the floor.
Southern New Jersey Republican 2nd District Congressman Jeff Van Drew released a statement of his own condemning the actions of the protestors and those wreaking havoc in D.C.
"What is happening at the Capitol is unacceptable, un-American, and disrepectful of democracy. The debate many protestors have been asking for was happening today and because of these actions it was abruptly ended. Everyone has the right to peacefully protest but what happened today was not peaceful or productive. Today's debate was about the rule of law and by harming police officers, being violent, and breaking into a Federal building, the rule of law was broken. I ask that the President reach out and ask the protestors to leave the Capitol building immediately."
Meanwhile, 3rd District New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim reported earlier Wednesday afternoon that he was safe where he was at and urged change in our society.
Here is reaction from Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.
Monmouth County State Senator Declan O'Scanlon has called for an end to the violence.
New Jersey U.S. Senator Cory Booker called out President Donald Trump urging him to tell the protestors to stop their violent actions.
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence tweeted out a plea for an end to the violence.
President-Elect Joe Biden is calling for an end to the violence and is calling for peace.