Woman shot, killed after pro-Trump protesters charged US Capitol identified

Ashli Babbit (Family Photo: Facebook)

A woman who was shot and killed after pro-Trump protesters charged the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday has been identified as 14-year Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbit, of San Diego.

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed late Wednesday that Babbit was shot by a Capitol police officer. An internal investigation is now underway.

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FOX 5's Lindsay Watts spoke with Babbit's mother-in-law on Wednesday evening. 

"I really don’t know why she decided to do this," Babbit's mother-in-law told Watts. 

Babbit and her husband owned a business in San Diego. Her husband did not come to D.C., Watts reports.

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The shooting was reported shortly after 3 p.m. as the situation escalated inside and outside of the Capitol building when Congress began counting the Electoral College votes

Babbit was later pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital in critical condition.