WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed (R) says he is heartbroken after Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during the electoral vote count, resulting in the fatal shooting of a woman.
Reed, who represents New York’s 23rd Congressional District, says the violence is absolutely unacceptable.
“My heart breaks for our nation right now,” Reed said in a statement. “Our country and its beautiful democracy is better than this. Our Constitution calls for the civil transition of power and though we may not agree with the election results, we must agree to always act with honor and civility towards all.”
“We believe in the right to peacefully protest, but we must emphatically reject these horrible instances of physical attacks on our governing institutions and let democracy proceed.”
Metropolitan police confirmed Wednesday evening the person who was shot at the U.S. Capitol as dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building and violently clashed with police has died.
The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear. Graphic social media video shows a mob inside the Capitol building when a shot is heard and a woman wearing a Trump banner around her neck can be seen lying motionless on the floor.
She was transported to a local hospital but died of her injuries. The victim’s identity has not been publicly released.
Metropolitan police told NewsNation they are heading the investigation into her death, but declined to give any additional details.
The shooting came as dozens of Trump supporters breached security perimeters and entered the U.S. Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote and affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win.