DRAMATIC pictures show the moment a Congressman holds the hand of a fellow lawmaker as a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.
Rep. Jason Crow comforted a terrified Pennsylvania Congresswoman Susan Wild as she took cover on the floor, clutching her chest.
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Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers met to certify the results of November's election on Wednesday.
Colorado Democrat Crow – a former Army Ranger – said he rushed to help his colleagues while they were trapped in the House chamber for about 20 minutes.
“I got into ranger mode a little bit,” the veteran of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq told the Denver Post.
“Most of the members didn’t know how to use the emergency masks, so I was helping them get their emergency masks out of the bags and helped instruct a bunch of folks on how to put it on and how to use it.
“I wasn’t going to leave the House floor until every member was gone, so I waited until we were able to get everybody out.”
Fellow Democrat Wild later tweeted: “I am safe and ok. I have been moved with other members out of the Capitol under police guard.”
At least four people died and several others were seriously injured in clashes after rioters fought cops and pushed their way inside the Capitol.
Ashli Babbit, of San Diego, Ashli Babbit, of San Diego, California, was shot in the neck during the violent confrontation in Washington DC and later died in hospital.
Babbit had served 14 years in the Air Force and had completed four tours of duty, according to her husband who spoke to KUSI-TV,
He also described his late wife as a major President Trump supporter.
Washington DC Police also confirmed that another three people, including an adult man and two adult women, died from "medical emergencies" related to the riots but no further details have yet been provided.
At least 52 people have so far been arrested in connection with the riots and many more are expected to be made.
After lawmaker's were allowed back into the building, a joint session of Congress reconvened and an electoral college count of 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump was certified.
Immediately after the certification, the White House released a statement from Trump in which he pledged an "orderly transition" on January 20 when Biden will be sworn into office.
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