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On January 6, hundreds of people loyal to former President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers were there to hold an official count of votes from each state. The protesters were trying to stop the count.
Earlier in the day, Trump spoke to protesters. He said the election had not been fair. He had spent two months trying to change the results. He urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. He told them they should not accept defeat.
Later, the crowd arrived at the Capitol building. People forced their way past metal fences and police officers. Some broke doors and windows. Others climbed the walls of the Capitol.
The crowd then got inside.
The Senate stopped its vote count as gunfire rang out and tear gas was fired. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were rushed to safety. Other lawmakers were given gas masks as they were taken away. Staff members grabbed the boxes of Electoral College votes to keep them safe.
With lawmakers gone, rioters ran through the building. They rushed to the Senate floor. They broke into offices, damaged them, and stole items.
Police later got the mob out of the building. They found two pipe bombs and other explosives. A woman was shot and later died. Three other people were killed. Fourteen police officers were hurt.
When the Capitol was finally safe, lawmakers returned. And just before dawn, they finished their work. They confirmed that Biden had won the election.
SOURCES: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE WASHINGTON POST