Hundreds of supporters of United States President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol during the ceremonial counting of votes to confirm the victory of Joe Biden. While the rioters thought they would overturn the election Trump lost, one woman lost her life after being shot by police.

For the first time in modern American history, the congressional certification of a president’s electoral victory was brought to a sudden halt. The House doors were closed and the proceedings were stopped by the Senate.

The rioters were carrying poles with blue Trump flags. The mob forcefully entered the halls of Congress through the Capitol doors and windows. The police officers evacuated the space before engaging in an armed standoff at the House chamber’s entrance.

A woman was shot by the police. She was rushed to an ambulance but died. The police also fired canisters of tear gas to stop the rioters.

“USA! USA!” chanted the rioters.

The U.S. Capitol Police issued a notification saying that they would not allow anyone to enter or leave the building while they struggled to regain control.

“Stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover,” police warned.

CNN quoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as saying that the congressional leadership wanted to continue with the joint session on Wednesday night.

“Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy. It was anointed at the highest level of government. It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden,” Pelosi said.

“To that end, in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use. Leader Hoyer will be sending out more guidance later today,” she added.