A rioter who was fatally shot Wednesday by U.S. Capitol Police as a protest descended into violence has been identified as a San Diego woman Ashli Babbitt.
Babbitt, a 35-year-old Ocean Beach resident, was in Washington D.C. protesting President Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.
Ahead of the organized rally, Babbitt tweeted: “Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”
In December, Babbitt posted a screenshot of a California stay-at -home order notification and tweeted, “This is that commie bulls**t!”
Babbitt shared a photo of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s face with a stop sign pasted over it, and later retweeted posts calling for Newsom to be recalled.
Babbitt was an Air Force veteran who served on multiple tours in the Middle East. Her Twitter feed includes several pro-Trump posts and pictures of her at local pro-Trump rallies.
Babbitt owned a business in San Diego with her husband, who did not come with her to Washington.
“Ashli was both loyal as well as extremely passionate about what she believed in. She loved this country and felt honored to have served in our Armed Forces. Please keep her family in your thoughts and respect their privacy during this time,” Ashli’s brother-in-law Justin Jackson told NBC 7.
The chief of D.C. Metro Police said the department’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the shooting.
There were at least 30 arrests, NBC News reported.
Lawmakers returned to work late Wednesday on Congress’ constitutionally mandated counting of the Electoral College results, in which President-Elect Joe Biden defeated Trump, 306-232.