Photos show evolution of Trump rally from protest to violence, chaos outside US Capitol

1 person has been shot

Scenes in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2020.
Scenes in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP, Getty)

WASHINGTON – What started as a day for lawmakers to convene for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College results has ended in violence and chaos at the U.S. Capitol, resulting in angry supporters of President Donald Trump to storm through the building.

Images from the Associated Press and Getty show how Wednesday’s proceedings evolved from a Trump rally at the Ellipse south of the White House, to a protest, to a violent clash with Capitol police, to a shooting inside the building.

Click through the slideshow to see images of how Wednesday’s proceedings evolved from a rally to chaos.

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People attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the "Save America Rally," Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Several thousand protesters cheered on Trump and his unproven claims of election fraud as he spoke to a crowd earlier Wednesday. During the rally, Trump egged them on to march to Capitol Hill.

“We will not let them silence your voices,” Trump told the protesters, who had lined up before sunrise to get a prime position to hear the president.

According to media reports, protestors then breached the Capitol, forcing a lockdown and a delay to the vote certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

At least one person has been shot, according to the Associated Press. Details surrounding the shooting are unclear at this time, but the person was taken to a hospital.

Members of Congress inside the House chamber were told by police to put on gas masks after tear gas was dispersed in the Capitol Rotunda.

Trump has since tweeted to his supporters to “stay peaceful” and to “please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement.”

A protester screams "Freedom" inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)

A curfew has been ordered by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for the nation’s capital beginning at 6 p.m.

The protests first began on Tuesday with a rally at Freedom Plaza near the White House. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was expected to attend the protests.

Protestors storm Capitol building
Protestors storm Capitol building

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