UNITED STATES—Officials are still investigating the Capitol Building shooting on January 6 that left Ashli Babbitt, of San Diego, a 14-year veteran of the Air Force dead.
According to Capitol Police, the case is still under investigation, but they noted in a press release “as protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place, a sworn USCP employee discharged their service weapon, striking an adult female. Medical assistance was rendered immediately, and the female was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Ashli Babbitt.”
Video shows a taller man with a receding hairline in plain clothes including in a dark navy or black blazer, and what appears to be a pale blue necktie. The white dress shirt cuffs stood out past the end of the sleeves of his blazer.
A January 11, statement from Chief Yogananda Pittman clarifies the position of Capitol Police.
“The Department also has been actively reviewing video and other open-source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies. Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including termination. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations,” the Chief stated.
He stepped out of a hiding place or what could be a doorway and shoots his handgun at Babbitt who was climbing through a broken window.
It is not clear if the people Babbit was entering the building with were her fellow Trump supporters or members of the far-right neo-fascist group Proud Boys.
The outside crowd can be heard shouting, “shots fired.” Capitol Police and members of the crowd outside the Capitol building were helping Babbitt to the ground.
President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Senate Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy all sent out thanks to the Capitol Police via social media.
Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family, friends and fellow officers.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 8, 2021
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Washington DC Field Office is seeking more information and have wanted posters out for those involved in the attacks.
Many of the people on the Wanted poster are wearing Trump gear. For the November election, there was a poster sent out encouraging members of Antifa to show up on November 4, in great numbers at a scheduled Trump rally to, “disguise yourselves as patriots/Trump supporters: wear MAGA [Make America Great Again] hats, USA Flags…”
Members of the Trump rally indicated there were chartered Antifa buses they saw roll into Washington D.C. ahead of the Save America Trump Rally on January 6.
Proud Boys advertised a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6 as well, posting to their members, “We will wear all-black like Antifa.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Capitol Police at (202) 224-1677 or email PIO@uscp.gov.
Written By Sharon Stice and Davy Jones