"A woman was fatally shot inside the U.S. Capitol after the mob breached the building. The circumstances were not clear," The Washington Post begins in its report on the Wednesday afternoon shooting of 35-year old Ashli Babbitt. She later died of the gunshot wound at a local hospital.
The circumstances have now become much clearer with video of the shooter emerging overnight. There were police behind her - indicating they did not consider her an immediate lethal threat - at the moment she attempted to breach a barricade inside the capitol building.
Despite the security officers behind her being potentially in the line of fire, Babbitt was still shot by a Capitol police officer as she attempted to jump over a physical barrier, new video shows.
GRAPHIC FOOTAGE: Police fatally shoot a Trump supporter inside the Capitol building. This is a sickening crime that should be prosecuted as such. pic.twitter.com/X8JK7HplJ7— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) January 7, 2021
The shooter was an unidentified law enforcement officer on the other side of the barricade who was preparing to prevent any breach of the high secure federal building, which has been confirmed in FOX5-D.C. reporting.
"D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed late Wednesday that Babbit was shot by a Capitol police officer. An internal investigation is now underway," FOX5 reports.
Ashli Babbitt was a San Diego native and high ranking military veteran: “The woman is Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year veteran, who served four tours with the US Air Force and was a high level security official throughout her time in service,” San Diego TV station KUSI reported.
“She was a strong supporter of President Trump,” the report added, citing her husband.
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!— CommonAshSense (@Ashli_Babbitt) January 5, 2021
It appears she traveled by plane to the nation's capital. Babbit posted on Tuesday in what appears to have been her last tweet:
"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."
Though there are no allegations that she was armed with a weapon, already many commentators online are saying she "deserved" to be shot for seeking to enter restricted federal government property while protesting.
Ashli Babbit stormed the Capitol and tried to breach the window into the Speaker’s Lobby, which is why she was killed. Peacefully protest outside, invading a federal building is terrorism. pic.twitter.com/fFBmgoiALs— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 7, 2021
Here's video showing that at the very moment Babbitt was shot with her hands below her waist as she was climbing through a broken window, also clearly posing no threat to officers as she didn't brandish a weapon, and all the while there were actually Capitol police and security officers crouching immediately behind her:
Babbitt was met with lethal force and later died at a local hospital despite it appearing that the security officers shown in the video were a mere few meters behind here. It's unclear if the officer who pulled the trigger was aware of the security personnel on the other side.
Yet it remains clear that those officers behind her certainly didn't consider Babbitt a lethal threat, also given the police behind did nothing to stop her from climbing through the window.
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What an irony it is that Ashley Babbit, who was shot at #CapitolHill was an airforce veteran! She spent 14 years fighting for "democracy" overseas on the orders of the state, only to be shot down by that very same state when she asked for democracy in her own country. pic.twitter.com/nbnA23vWNc— Syrian Girl 🎗️🇸🇾 (@Partisangirl) January 7, 2021