LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – U.S. Rep. Katie Porter Thursday described her terrifying experience as rioters stormed the Capitol last week.
The Irvine Democrat equated the Jan. 6 siege to a workplace shooting in an interview from Washington, D.C.READ MORE: LAPD Officers Shoot Person Suspected In Reported Assault In Pico-Union
“We spent six hours there, in the dark, barricaded in with our couch and furniture, in the quiet, silence, everything. This about what happened. People were evacuated. They saw guns, they saw violence, they heard shots. And a few hours later we were told to go back into the building and go back into work.”
Porter said she was locked in her office with fellow Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.READ MORE: Newsom: California Employees, Healthcare Workers Must Show Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination Or Test Weekly
Pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol while the House and Senate was meeting to certify the Electoral College results. The rioters entered the House and Senate chambers and broke into several offices. One of the rioters, a woman from San Diego, was shot and killed by Capitol police, and two others died of medical emergencies.
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According to CBS News, federal authorities have arrested at least 100 people in the Capitol riot, with charges ranging from curfew violations to felonies related to theft and weapons possession. Among them is a 20-year-old Glendora man who was arrested Wednesday, charged with shattering a window at the Capitol. Former USC swimmer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller was also arrested after he was reportedly caught on video inside the Capitol Rotunda.