Former U.S. President George W. Bush compared the scene at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to that of a banana republic: "This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic - not our democratic republic."
The protesters tried to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election, said the chief of police in Washington.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent a message on Twitter on Wednesday night in the context of the protests in Washington, showing that "Capitol Hill violence is disquieting and unacceptable." "The violence on Capitol Hill in Washington DC is disquieting and unacceptable.
Metro DC police confirm to ABC News that shots were fired near Capitol Hill this morning.
According to police a driver apparently struck a Capitol Police cruiser and then tried to run over several other officers who were on foot.
At some point, Capitol Police apparently fired shots but no one was struck.
The individual has been taken into custody.
The US Capitol complex and White House are on lockdown after reports of shootings on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and the tourists who were visiting the building were told to shelter in place, according to RT.
Shots were reportedly fired at the Capitol Visitor Center, an underground facility on the east side of the main building.