A woman who was apparently shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol during a violent protest has been identified by multiple media outlets as Ashli Babbit of San Diego. Babbit's husband reportedly confirmed her death to KUSI TV, and he said she was an Air Force veteran with 14 years of service.
Video on social media showed Babbitt motionless on the floor inside the Capitol building after what sounds like a gunshot. Capitol police appeared to rush to her aid as Trump supporters crowded around.
The New York Times reports Babbitt was shot in the chest, and Capitol police confirmed to the paper that one of their officers shot her as she tried to climb through a broken window into the Speakers Chamber. A graphic video of her final moments was published to social media with the caption "RIP Ashli Babbit - A True American Hero."
Babbitt tweeted a day before the protest, "Nothing will stop us," in regards to the protesters who rallied in Washington, DC to opposed the certification of the 2020 presidential election results by Congress.
Ashli Babbitt was a "high level security official" in the Air Force, according to her family. Fellow Trump supporters portrayed her online as a martyr.