Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has declared a 6pm curfew for select towns and issued a statewide emergency order after a massive crowd of protesters stormed the US Capitol, seeing a demonstrator fatally shot amid the chaos.

Northam said the curfew – limited to Alexandria and Arlington, both of which border Washington, DC – would extend into Thursday morning and was ordered at the request of the leaders of those towns. He also declared a state of emergency for all of Virginia, hours after the breach at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement came after the governor sent some 200 state troopers and a National Guard unit to assist local law enforcement amid the chaos, joining “fully activated” DC Guard troops already deployed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, US, January 6, 2021
Chaos & protests continue outside US Capitol as DC mayor declares curfew, National Guard fully activated

As a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and attempted to breach the Senate chamber, a woman was shot in the chest, captured in shocking footage circulating online. She was seen leaving the building on a stretcher and was reportedly in critical condition, but later succumbed to her injuries, according to law enforcement sources cited by NBC News. Local police previously confirmed that an individual was shot, but offered no additional details on their condition.

The confrontation at the Capitol erupted after backers of President Trump gathered to protest the certification of Electoral College votes for the 2020 election, interrupting the process after only two states were tallied as the building was placed under lockdown. Trump and his allies maintain the presidential race was plagued by voter fraud and irregularities, and have called on Republican lawmakers, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, to challenge the count. However, the VP argued earlier on Wednesday that he lacks the authority to do so. It remains unclear when the vote-count will resume, with Congress now at recess following the explosion of unrest in the nation’s capital.

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