"I'm sheltering in place in my office," one Congresswoman wrote. "I can't believe I have to write this."
Members of Congress are cowering in their offices after Capitol Hill was breached by thousands of unhinged Trump supporters.
Stunning scenes unfolded on Wednesday as a rabble of Trump flag-waving protesters broke through lines of vastly outnumbered police to scale and break down fences at the capitol just moments after the outgoing President condemned the Senate's confirmation of his successor Joe Biden.
Lawmakers trapped inside tweeted as they were being evacuated amid a bomb threat, while some reported hearing gunfire.
I’m sheltering in place in my office. The building next door has been evacuated. I can’t believe I have to write this.
"I just had to evacuate my office because of a pipe bomb reported outside. Supporters of the President are trying to force their way into the Capitol and I can hear what sounds like multiple gunshots," Representative Elaine Luria tweeted.
"I don't recognize our country today and the members of Congress who have supported this anarchy do not deserve to represent their fellow Americans."
Representative Haley Stevens added: "I'm sheltering in place in my office. The building next door has been evacuated. I can’t believe I have to write this."
Pictures taken inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office even show the federal alert warning on computer screens alerting members to the danger:
BREAKING: I am inside Nancy Pelosi’s office with the thousands of revolutionaries who have stormed the building
To put into perspective how quickly staff evacuated, emails are still on the screen along side a federal alert warning members of the current revolution pic.twitter.com/m24YjtWIXh
Shocking footage showed police trading blows and pepper spray with advancing protesters before they were completely overwhelmed and gave way.
Members of Congress could be seen wearing gas masks as they were escorted out by armed police, as they yelled orders at reporters filming the chaos inside to duck and cover.
I am safe and sheltering in place.
I was one of a dozen Representatives in the gallery above the House floor. We pulled out gas masks and had to get down on the ground. Capitol police barricaded the doors and had guns drawn. We were eventually told that we had to quickly exit.
Reports claim at least one person was shot inside the Capitol, as footage showed a woman being stretchered out bleeding profusely from a wound to her neck.
While all this was unfolding, the President used Twitter to attack Vice-President Pence, after he refused to make a stand against the electoral college count, which at this stage was a formality.
"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!" he tweeted.
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!