Protesters at the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6

Pro-Trump protesters outside the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6.

UPDATED: Members of the Prince William County Police Department are heading to Washington, D.C., to assist law-enforcement agencies trying to regain control of the U.S. Capitol amid violent protests this afternoon.

Prince William police tweeted at 4:29 p.m. Wednesday that U.S. Capitol Police requested their help as part of mutual aid.

"Exact numbers and their role are not being disclosed for tactical and safety considerations," Prince William police said in a tweet.

Earlier this afternoon, Gov. Ralph Northam authorized members of the Virginia National Guard as well as 200 Virginia State Police officers to go to Washington, D.C. to help regain control after right-wing protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, resulting in chaos and at least one shooting.

A woman is in critical condition as a result of a shooting on Capitol grounds, CNN and other news organizations are reporting. 

The shooting was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon as the situation escalated inside and outside of the Capitol. 

The U.S. Capitol is locked down after pro-Trump protesters charged the building as Congress began debating its certification of the electoral college votes. 

Around 2 p.m., Capitol police sent out an alert, saying: “All buildings within the Capitol Complex, Capitol: Due to an external security threat located on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, no entry or exit is permitted at this time. You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover.”

Both chambers abruptly went into recess amid the chaos.

“Lawmakers were given gas masks as police tried to control the situation inside the Capitol,” Fox 5 News reported.

Northam tweeted at 3:29 p.m., saying he was working closely with D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser and had authorized members of the Virginia National Guard and state police officers to aid in the effort to regain order.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated.

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Trump loves this. The sooner he and his family are booted out the better. Now maybe the united States can heal and go back to being normal.

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