Mike Pence said the attack on the Capitol ‘will not be tolerated’ (Picture: Reuters)
Vice President Mike Pence has been escorted to a secure location after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Police officers are thought to have used flash bang grenades and tear gas while a woman has been shot inside the building.
Invaders swarmed the site in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.
Calling for an end to the disorder, Mike Pence tweeted: ‘The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now.
‘Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.
‘Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’
It comes after Trump turned on his second-in-command after he said he would not intervene in the election result.
The President said: ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!’
Before the unfolded on Capitol Hill, Trump addressed supporters at a ‘Save America’ march, and told them he would ‘never concede’ the election, standing by his unsubstantiated claims that he lost the election to widespread voter fraud.
His fixer Rudy Giuliani also took to the stage and called for ‘trial by combat’ to contest the result of the 2020 election.
A number of venues on the Capitol site have been evacuated, with those inside the Cannon buildings told to take Go Kits and escape hoods before making their way through an underground escape tunnel.
At least one explosive device has been found on site and a woman was shot by law enforcement inside the Capitol building.
US Capitol riots
A large group of Donald Trump supporters have stormed the US Capitol building to try and stop Joe Biden being certified as the next president.
Here are some of the main updates from the evening of January 6:
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