Ashli Babbitt, a business owner from California, has been identified as the woman who was shot and killed on live television as she and several supporters of President Donald Trump stormed in the U.S. Capitol Senate chamber.
In the brief clip that aired on multiple TV networks, Ashli Babbitt and other rioters appear to break a glass door to enter a secured area in the Speaker’s lobby.
A gunshot was heard at some point, and Babbitt, an Air Force vet, could be seen on the ground covered in blood. Many rushed to help Ashli Babbitt who appeared unconscious, lying on the ground.
Babbitt, who was taken to the hospital, has died due to her injury. The DC police have confirmed that the officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt was a plainclothes Capitol police officer.
The name of the officer has not been revealed to the public.
Ashli Babbitt had 14 years in the service and did four tours of duty. In photos that she shared on Facebook and Twitter, she used the captions to say that she was eager to descend upon DC.
Via the Twitter handle CommonAshSense, she wrote: “Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try, but the storm is here, and it is descending upon D.C. in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”
Other side of that door pic.twitter.com/rl66q0OU3E
— chris free….🧜♂️ (@cjfree206) January 6, 2021
She also took part in an interview where she revealed that she was a true supporter of President Trump. She was described as a: “Strong supporter of President Trump, and was a great patriot to all who knew her.”
Aaron Babbitt, the vet’s husband, spoke to local media, explaining that he is brokenhearted by what happened.
The San Diego man said: “I’m numb. I’m devastated. Nobody from D.C. notified my son, and we found out on T.V.”
Ashli Babbitt’s mother-in-law, Robin Babbitt, added: “She is a Trump supporter. I really don’t know why she decided to do this.”
Ashli Babbitt’s brother-in-law made this remark: “Everything is pretty surreal. It’s hard because we haven’t been officially notified.”
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
After Ashli Babbitt was killed, Trump appeared in a video where he said: “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone hurt. We’ve never had such a thing like this that happened where they can take it away from all of us. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen how others are treated who are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
Trump has yet to speak about the four people/protesters who died during the attempted coup.