A US Air Force veteran from San Diego has been identified as the woman who was shot and killed inside the US Capitol when Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building and clashed with police.
Ashli Babbit was shot in the chest on Wednesday afternoon after chaotic scenes broke out when dozens of Trump supporters breached security perimeters at the Capitol. She died several hours later.
Babbit's husband confirmed her identity to San Diego news outlet KUSI. He said Babbit was a 14-year veteran who served four tours with Air Force as a 'high level security official'.
The husband said Babbit was a fervent supporter of Trump and 'a great patriot to all who knew her', KUSI reported.
It remains unclear who shot Babbit as the Metropolitan Police Department in DC conducts an investigation into her death.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Two witnesses to the shooting spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening and suggested that Babbit may have been shot by a police officer when she tired to climb through a broken window into an area that officers were blocking off.
One of the witnesses, John Sullivan, recorded a video of the aftermath, showing police with guns drawn and Babbit lying in a pool of blood in a stairway inside the Capitol.
Ashli Babbitt (left and right) has been identified as the woman who was shot and killed inside the US Capitol when Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building and violently clashed with police in a bid to stop Joe Biden's victory being certified
Paramedics tend to Babbit moments after she was shot inside the Capitol on Wednesday
Witness John Sullivan (right) spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening and suggested that Babbit may have been shot by a police officer when she tired to climb through a broken window into an area that officers were blocking off
Sullivan is the founder of the left-wing activist group Insurgence USA. He said he was not at the Capitol as part of the protest but did not specify what exactly brought him there.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Describing the moments leading up to the shooting, Sullivan said protesters were trying to get into the main entrance of the chamber when they came upon two guards who refused to move.
The group then went down another hallway and used flag poles and other items to break windows to get into the chamber before a group of police emerged.
'All we see is these guns coming out of the doorway, just guns, and all you can see is their hands. You could not see faces,' he said.
'Right when I saw that I was yelling to people: "Guys, there is guns, you don't want to go through there. They're going to shoot."'
Babbit ignored Sullivan's plea and went ahead anyway, he said.
'The second that she climbed through the window, she got shot right in the neck area and fell backwards,' he said.
Video showed Babbit climbing through a broken window seconds before she was shot
A witness looks down at Babbit collapsed on the ground in shock seconds after she was shot
'I just remember, like, the sense of shock and sorrow that somebody just died and did not need to die because she didn't have a weapon and she was not violent.'
Cooper asked: 'Just to be clear was it a police officer who shot her?'
Sullivan replied: 'I don't know if it was police or private security guard. I assume it is police of everything that we have met up to that point.'
He said the area the protesters were trying to get into was