Chaos erupted inside the U.S. Capitol as of pro-Trump demonstrators charged the building and eventually made their way past multiple layers of barriers and inside.
Both the House and Senate recessed in response to the breach, and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Senate, was whisked away. Lawmakers and staff were ordered to seek shelter and remain away from doors and windows.
The U.S. Capitol Police sent out an alert shortly after 2 p.m. warning of an “internal security threat.” The alert urged people to move inside their offices, lock doors, seek cover and remain silent.
The incredible scene unfolded as lawmakers gathered in a joint session to count the Electoral College votes and confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in November’s election. Soon after the joint session began, GOP lawmakers objected to results from Arizona, a move that prompted each chamber to begin debating the objection separately.