The victim named, Ashli Babbitt, was a “strong supporter” of President Trump who had served in the United States Air Force.
“The woman is Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year veteran, who served four tours with the US Air Force,” San Diego TV station KUSI reported, citing the woman’s husband.
“She was a strong supporter of President Trump,” the report added, saying the woman was from the San Diego area in southern California.
Violence erupted as hundreds of protesters seeking to overturn Trump’s election loss swarmed the Capitol building in Washington to stop President-elect Joe Biden’s certification.
Washington, DC, Police Chief Robert Contee said the woman was shot by the US Capitol Police as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and later died.
TV channel Fox 5 reported Babbitt owned a business in San Diego with her husband, who did not come with her to Washington.
“I really don’t know why she decided to do this,” her mother-in-law reportedly told the station.
Babbitt identified herself as a veteran on her Twitter account. She had recently retweeted messages in support of Trump and from those coming to Washington for Wednesday’s rally.
“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!”, she wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.