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Capitol suspect was ‘violently ill’ night before attack and said ‘I’m going to be homeless’

The 25-year-old Nation of Islam follower suspected of killing a Capitol police officer had been ‘violently ill’ the night before the attack and texted his brother to say he was going to ‘go and live and be homeless’, it has been revealed.

Noah Green’s brother Brendan told the Washington Post one of the last things he heard from him was a message saying ‘sorry’ Thursday evening just hours before he allegedly mowed down two cops at the US Capitol and was shot dead by officers. 

‘I’m sorry but I’m just going to go and live and be homeless,’ Brendan said the text read. 

‘Thank you for everything that you’ve done. I looked up to you when I was a kid. You inspired me a lot.’ 

Brendan said his brother had been violently ill that evening, without detailing what had happened, and had upped sticks and left the apartment they were sharing in Virginia. 

It is not clear where Green went between this time and the incident that unfolded at the Capitol around 1pm Friday.

Green, 25, who wrote on social media that he believed the FBI and CIA was poisoning him and targeting him with mind control, was first named by NBC and the New York Post as the perpetrator behind the attack. 

Green allegedly killed Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, after mowing him and another unidentified officer down with his blue Nissan Altima. 

Green, who was from Indiana but has ties to Virginia, then exited the vehicle wielding a knife and was shot dead by other cops. 

Capitol Police confirmed Friday evening that the other officer who was struck by the car is in stable and non-threatening condition. 

The tragic incident comes less than three months after the January 6 riot on the US Capitol and one week after wire fencing was removed from the area. 

Noah Green is the 25-year-old suspected of killing a Capitol police officer

Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans  was killed on Friday

Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans  was killed on Friday

Noah Green, the 25-year-old who is suspected of killing Capitol police officer Billy Evans (right) had been ‘violently ill’ the night before the attack and texted his brother to say he was going to ‘go and live and be homeless’, it has been revealed

Noah Green's brother Brendan told the Washington Post one of the last things he heard from him was a message saying 'sorry' Thursday evening just hours before he mowed down two cops at the US Capitol. Pictured Green center

Noah Green's brother Brendan told the Washington Post one of the last things he heard from him was a message saying 'sorry' Thursday evening just hours before he mowed down two cops at the US Capitol. Pictured Green center

Noah Green’s brother Brendan told the Washington Post one of the last things he heard from him was a message saying ‘sorry’ Thursday evening just hours before he mowed down two cops at the US Capitol. Pictured Green center 

Police have not revealed a motive for the attack – or officially confirmed Green as a suspect – but Acting Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee said it did not appear to be terrorism-related.  

Family and friends told the Post they had grown increasingly concerned about Green’s mental state in the years leading up to the attack as he spiraled from a star of his college football team into deep paranoia and suicidal depression. 

Brendan said his brother, who suffered hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches and suicidal thoughts, had called him around two weeks ago crying and asking for help.

He said he was ‘in a really bad situation and in really bad shape,’ Brendan told the Post. Green moved in with his brother in Virginia.

Posts on Green’s Facebook page around that time said he was on a ‘spiritual journey’ after having a ‘tough’ past ‘few years’ and recently losing his job and vowed that ‘Satan’s rule over us is up.’  

‘To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher. I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life,’ read a post dated March 17. 

‘I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.’ 

Green went on to describe Louis Farrakhan as ‘Jesus, the Messiah’ and the ‘raiser of the dead to life, making the blind see, and the deaf hear.’

‘I consider him my spiritual father. Without his guidance, his word, and his teachings that I’ve picked up on along the way, I would’ve been unable to continue,’ he wrote.

‘Preaching to the multitudes, calling a million black men to Washington, and standing up to the most powerful government of modern times. He has done miraculous work not just with me, but with the lives of millions.’ 

The suspect - who NBC is reporting is dead - is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition. He has been named by NBC as 25-year-old Noah Green

The suspect - who NBC is reporting is dead - is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition. He has been named by NBC as 25-year-old Noah Green

The suspect – who NBC is reporting is dead – is shown being stretchered away from the scene after being shot by a Capitol cop. Two Capitol cops are now in the hospital in a critical condition. He has been named by NBC as 25-year-old Noah Green

Two Capitol cops were injured on Friday after a car smashed into a barrier on Independence Avenue 

A tow truck removes the car used in the deadly attack from the scene as law enforcement collect evidence

A tow truck removes the car used in the deadly attack from the scene as law enforcement collect evidence

A tow truck removes the car used in the deadly attack from the scene as law enforcement collect evidence 

The attack unfolded at the north side of the Capitol along Constitution Avenue when the car rammed through barricades

The attack unfolded at the north side of the Capitol along Constitution Avenue when the car rammed through barricades

The attack unfolded at the north side of the Capitol along Constitution Avenue when the car rammed through barricades

Facebook confirms it pulled the social media accounts of suspect Noah Green, 25

Facebook has confirmed it pulled the social media accounts of Noah Green, the 25-year-old suspect who mowed down two Capitol cops, killing one, before being shot dead at the US Capitol. 

The social media giant said in a statement to CNN it had suspended Green’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram under its policy around dangerous individuals and organization, in the wake of Friday afternoon’s deadly attack. 

‘After this horrific event, our thoughts are with the Capitol Police and their loved ones,’ a spokesperson said. 

‘We have designated the incident under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, which means we have removed the suspect’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram, and are removing any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect. 

‘We are in contact with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.’  

Facebook often removes the accounts of suspects in high-profile killings or terrorist incidents. DailyMail.com has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Authorities are yet to officially confirm Green as the suspect, after NBC and the New York Post first identified him, citing law enforcement sources. 

Green’s Facebook page, which was viewed by DailyMail.com before its removal, described the 25-year-old Christopher Newport University graduate as a ‘Follower of Farrakhan’ and included several posts heaping praise on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for saving him.

Posts on Green’s Instagram page, seen by CNN, spoke of conspiracies that the FBI and CIA were poisoning him, subjecting him to unauthorized operations and targeting him with ‘mind control’.

In one post – just two hours before the attack – Green called the federal government the ‘#1 enemy of Black people’. 

In the post, Green also wrote that he had been ‘unknowingly’ taking a drug which he said had caused him to suffer ‘concerning symptoms’. 

‘I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence. It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly),’ read the post.

‘However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things.’ 

Green signed off the message Brother Noah X. The same day, he uploaded an image of a certificate made out to a Noah X that recognized a gift of $1,085 to the Nation of Islam.  

Family and friends said Green’s troubles began in 2019, when he thought a former teammate and roommate at Christopher Newport University drugged him with Xanax.

They said many people doubted his allegations but Green said it left him addicted to the drug and with lasting mental health problems.

Andre Toran, a former teammate at Christopher Newport University, said Green had been ‘smiley’ but ‘quiet’ but then became ‘paranoid’ after this point.

He was really paranoid from that point moving forward,’ Toran told the Post.

Damian Jiggetts, who also knew Green from college said he was a ‘stand-up guy’ and that he had never seen any signs of mental health struggles. 

‘He was on the dean’s list. He was a motivator. That was the Noah I knew and regardless of what happened today, that is what his legacy should be. He should be remembered as a positive guy,’ he said. 

Green was ‘reserved, quiet and to-himself’ but also a ‘person you could talk to,’ he said. 

Green’s brother said his brother moved out on his own to Newport News until he finished college. 

He suddenly abandoned his Newport News home in January and moved to Indianapolis, saying drugs had inspired him to go there. 

Brendan said his brother had started saying people were breaking into his apartment when he was living in Indianapolis last year. 

He said he went to check on Green’s apartment and found the home was secure but Green’s ‘mind didn’t seem right.’ 

Posts on Green’s Instagram page leading up to Friday’s attack, seen by CNN, spoke of conspiracies that the FBI and CIA were breaking into his home, poisoning him, subjecting him to unauthorized operations and targeting him with ‘mind control’. 

In January he applied to legally change his name to Noah Zaeem Muhammad, Brendan said.

The hearing was due earlier this week, on March 30 but he never showed up. 

A couple of months ago, Brendan said, Noah moved to Botswana.

Noah Green in photos taken from the now-removed Facebook page

Noah Green in photos taken from the now-removed Facebook page

Green was a fan of the leader of Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, based on his Facebook page

Green was a fan of the leader of Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, based on his Facebook page

A Facebook page belonging to a man matching the suspect’s name has now been taken down. It showed he was a fan of the leader of Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan

Green (right) played football at Christopher Newport University and in college, where he also ran track, according to an athletics bio

Green (right) played football at Christopher Newport University and in college, where he also ran track, according to an athletics bio

Green (right) played football at Christopher Newport University and in college, where he also ran track, according to an athletics bio 

While in Africa, he told Brendan that ‘his mind was telling him to basically commit suicide.’

He told his brother he had jumped in front of a car, and was so badly injured he had surgery in a hospital, which left him with scars and bruises.   

Green was not known to police in Washington DC but he did have a record in another state, according to law enforcement sources. 

A Facebook page belonging to Green has now been taken down. Law enforcement sources confirmed to CNN it belonged to the suspect. 

The page, which was viewed by DailyMail.com before its removal, described the Christopher Newport University graduate as a ‘Follower of Farrakhan’ and included several posts heaping praise on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for saving him.    

It also included links to videos of Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam.

Less than two hours before Green drove a vehicle through the barriers at the Capitol, he also posted a series of Instagram stories in which he called the US government the ‘#1 enemy of Black people’, CNN reported.

‘The U.S. Government is the #1 enemy of Black people!’ a caption on a video read.

In another Instagram post around a week ago, Green claimed the CIA, FBI and other government agencies had caused him ‘terrible afflictions’ including subjecting him to ‘multiple home break ins, food poisonings, assaults, unauthorized operations in the hospital, mind control’. 

Green's Facebook page included this picture of a Nation of Islam certificate made out to 'Noah X' in Norfolk, Virginia

Green's Facebook page included this picture of a Nation of Islam certificate made out to 'Noah X' in Norfolk, Virginia

Green’s Facebook page included this picture of a Nation of Islam certificate made out to ‘Noah X’ in Norfolk, Virginia 

A March 17 Facebook post said he was on a 'spiritual journey' after having a 'tough' past 'few years' and recently losing his job

A March 17 Facebook post said he was on a 'spiritual journey' after having a 'tough' past 'few years' and recently losing his job

A March 17 Facebook post said he was on a ‘spiritual journey’ after having a ‘tough’ past ‘few years’ and recently losing his job

The Facebook page also included links to videos of Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam

The Facebook page also included links to videos of Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam

The Facebook page also included links to videos of Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam

The Facebook page also included links to videos of Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam

The Facebook page also included links to videos of Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam

Green graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in finance

Green graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in finance

Green graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in finance

What is the Nation of Islam?

The Nation of Islam, founded in Chicago in 1930, combines the religious aspects of Islam with the ideas of both black power and black nationalism.

It teaches that black people are the rulers of earth, who were created first, and who every other race descends from.

Malcolm X was perhaps the most famous Nation of Islam follower, and he convinced Muhammad Ali to join.

Malcolm grew disillusioned with the group, however, and left in 1964: members of the Nation murdered him a year later.

Martin Luther King was among those who criticized the Nation, describing it as racist.

Followers supported the idea of a separate state for African Americans in which they could rely on themselves to provide solutions to their own problems.

Unlike King, who promoted peaceful protest, the leaders of the Nation of Islam thought that violence was justified in self-defense. They felt black people should achieve what was rightfully theirs ‘by any means necessary.’

The Nation of Islam attracted many followers, especially in prisons, where lost African Americans looked for guidance and found solace in its strict moral codes and emphasis on discipline.

Malcolm X was a petty criminal before joining the Nation while in prison.

Farrakhan, 87, is known anti-Semite whose remarks on race and religion have sparked controversy in the past. He was outspoken against Barack Obama, and embraced Donald Trump – to the embarrassment of some of the Trump team.

Most recently, Farrakhan told followers not to get the COVID vaccine.

His supporters are seen by critics as black supremacists, and the Southern Poverty Law Center categorizes the organization as a hate group.

‘Its theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate,’ they say.

The founder of Nation, Wallace Fard, taught that Christianity was the white man’s religion, and said that Islam was more akin to traditional African beliefs.

Fard said there would be an apocalyptic overthrow of white domination, insisting that the dominion of evil was to end with God’s appearance on earth in the person of Fard.

His followers carried out military-style drills, in readiness for the coming battle.

Fard was succeeded by Elijah Muhammad, who died in 1975 and was succeeded three years later by Farrakhan.

 

He credited Farrakhan with saving him ‘after the terrible afflictions I have suffered presumably by the CIA and FBI, government agencies of the United States of America,’ reported CNN. 

‘I have suffered multiple home break ins, food poisonings, assaults, unauthorized operations in the hospital, mind control,’ he added. 

Facebook confirmed in a statement to CNN that it had pulled the suspect’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram. 

‘After this horrific event, our thoughts are with the Capitol Police and their loved ones,’ a Facebook company spokesperson said. 

‘We have designated the incident under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, which means we have removed the suspect’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram, and are removing any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect. 

‘We are in contact with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.’  

Green was born in Fairlea, West Virginia – a poor, largely white, rural community of 1,700 people in the south east of the state, close to the border with Virginia. One of ten children, he grew up with seven sisters and two brothers.

By the time he was at high school, the family had moved to Covington, Virginia.

He attended Alleghany high school where he played football and ran track, earning All-District, All-Conference, and team MVP honors in 2013.

Green then went on to Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia, graduating in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. 

He played football at the college as well as in high school, where he also ran track. 

An athletics bio for the university reveals he was born in Fairlea, West Virginia, and has seven sisters and two brothers. 

He wrote that the ‘person in history he’d most like to meet is Malcolm X.’

It is not clear when he first became interested in the Nation of Islam.  

The Nation of Islam, founded in Chicago in 1930, teaches that black people are the rulers of earth, who were created first, and who every other race descends from. 

Malcolm X was perhaps the most famous Nation of Islam follower, and he convinced Muhammad Ali to join.

Malcolm X grew disillusioned with the group, however, and left: members of the Nation are believed to have murdered him in 1965.

Farrakhan, 87, is a known anti-Semite whose remarks on race and religion have sparked controversy in the past. Most recently, he told followers not to get the vaccine. 

His followers are seen by critics as black supremacists, and the Southern Poverty Law Center categorizes the organization as a hate group.

‘Its theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate,’ they say.

The founder of NOI, Wallace Fard, taught that there would be an apocalyptic overthrow of white domination, insisting that the dominion of evil was to end with God’s appearance on earth in the person of Fard. 

Fard was succeeded by Elijah Muhammad, who was succeeded by Farrakhan.    

In a statement on Friday afternoon, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said: ‘It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant. 

‘Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. 

The vehicle is towed from the scene of the attack that left a Capitol police officer and the suspect dead

The vehicle is towed from the scene of the attack that left a Capitol police officer and the suspect dead

The vehicle is towed from the scene of the attack that left a Capitol police officer and the suspect dead 

Law enforcement officers pick up evidence at the scene of the incident where a car plowed into two cops

Law enforcement officers pick up evidence at the scene of the incident where a car plowed into two cops

Law enforcement officers pick up evidence at the scene of the incident where a car plowed into two cops 

Investigators pick up a Capitol Police officer jacket from the scene. It is not clear if it belongs to Evans who was killed Friday

Investigators pick up a Capitol Police officer jacket from the scene. It is not clear if it belongs to Evans who was killed Friday

Investigators pick up a Capitol Police officer jacket from the scene. It is not clear if it belongs to Evans who was killed Friday

The car is seen smashed into a barrier. Here the suspect had gotten out of the vehicle wielding a knife before being shot dead

The car is seen smashed into a barrier. Here the suspect had gotten out of the vehicle wielding a knife before being shot dead

The car is seen smashed into a barrier. Here the suspect had gotten out of the vehicle wielding a knife before being shot dead 

The American flag at the US Capitol is lowered to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officer William Evans

The American flag at the US Capitol is lowered to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officer William Evans

The American flag at the US Capitol is lowered to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officer William Evans

‘He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. 

‘Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.’ 

Fencing that had been in place around the Capitol since the January 6 riot was taken down just last week.  

Armed National Guardsmen were deployed immediately and have been seen patrolling the halls of government buildings but police say there is no outstanding threat.

President Biden ordered the flags at the White House to be lowered to half staff and said in a statement: ‘Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life.   

‘We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. 

‘We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it. I have been receiving ongoing briefings from my Homeland Security Advisor, and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds.

‘I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. 

‘As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-mast.’   

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers surround the scene after a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team

The DC National Guard deployed a rapid response team 

JOE BIDEN STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK 

Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life.

 We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it. I have been receiving ongoing briefings from my Homeland Security Advisor, and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds.

I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. 

As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-mast.

Vice President Kamala Harris said in a statement that Evans had ‘made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the Capitol and those who work there on behalf of the American people.’ 

‘Doug and I are grateful for the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and everyone else who responded swiftly to today’s attack,’ Harris said. 

‘And we continue to be proud of the courageous men and women who defend the Capitol, especially during a challenging period when they have faced two violent and deadly attacks.’ 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi also ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in the Capitol in honor of the cop who was killed.  

Pittman confirmed Evans’ death in a press conference soon after the attack. 

‘It is with a heavy heart that I come here to shed some light on the incident that occurred at the US Capitol.

‘At approximately 1.02 this afternoon, a suspect entered what we refer to as the north barricade of the Capitol. 

‘The suspect rammed his car into two of our officers then hit the north barricade barrier.

‘The suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. Our officers then engaged that suspect.

‘He did not respond to verbal commands, he started lunging towards officers, at which time USC officers fired upon the suspect.  

‘Two US Capitol Police Officers were transported to different hospitals.

‘It is with a very very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumb to his injuries,’ she said. 

She did not reveal whether or not the suspect said anything while carrying out the attack, but said he was not known to the police. 

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021

U.S. law enforcement officers guard streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings

U.S. law enforcement officers guard streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings

U.S. law enforcement officers guard streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings 

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday that it had been a 'tough' year for the force

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday that it had been a 'tough' year for the force

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference on Friday that it had been a ‘tough’ year for the force

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Police block a street near the US Capitol on April 2, 2021, after a vehicle drove into US Capitol police officers in Washington, DC

Neither the House or Senate is in session this week so lawmakers are back in their home states instead of being in the Capitol building. 

An emergency alert was sent to congressional offices telling people to ‘seek over’ due to ‘an external security threat’. 

‘No entry or exit is permitted at this time,’ it read. ‘You may move throughout the building(s) but stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek cover.’    

The White House did not appear to have an immediate change in security posture in response to the situation at the Capitol. President Joe Biden had left to spend Easter at Camp David shortly before the incident occurred.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there is a member of the national security team, an acting chief of staff and a member of the press team traveling with him, as is standard operating procedure.

Traveling with Biden this weekend are Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff Yohannes Abraham, Chief of Staff & Executive Secretary for the National Security Council; Anthony Bernal, Assistant to the President & Advisor to the First Lady; and Stephen Goepfert, Special Assistant to the President & Personal Aide to the President.  

The deadly attack comes less than three months since the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.

That day, a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in a riot that sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives and left five – including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick – dead. 

Two other Capitol cops died by suicide in the weeks following the riot.   

Driver broke through the only remaining security fence outside US Capitol building after other 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks were removed a week ago 

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks around the complex were removed more than two months after the deadly January 6 riots. 

Steel fences and roads blocks were put in place to fortify the complex in the wake of the Capitol riots. 

The security measures, which at one point included wide scale fences and 25,000 National Guardsmen, have slowly been scaled back over the past two months. 

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks (pictured above in orange) around the complex were removed just last week. An inner layer of barricades and fences (pictured above in blue) around the Capitol building itself still remains

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks (pictured above in orange) around the complex were removed just last week. An inner layer of barricades and fences (pictured above in blue) around the Capitol building itself still remains

The incident at the US Capitol unfolded just one week after 7-ft razor wire steel fences and road blocks (pictured above in orange) around the complex were removed just last week. An inner layer of barricades and fences (pictured above in blue) around the Capitol building itself still remains

An outer security perimeter that was in place around the wider Capitol complex was finally removed last week. 

It included a 7-ft steel fence that had cost roughly $1.2 million a week.  

An inner layer of barricades and fences around the Capitol building itself still remains.  

It was this inner security perimeter that the knife-wielding suspect drove his car through on Friday. 

Authorities decided to keep the inner perimeter of fencing as law enforcement and lawmakers continue to try and hash out a long-term plan for security. 

Capitol Police had said last week when it announced it was taking down the outer security perimeter that they were ready to ‘quickly ramp up security at a moment’s notice’ if it was needed. 

The political pressure to remove the security fencing had been building for several weeks.

Members of the DC National Guard were deployed in the wake of Friday’s incident. 

There are currently still 2,300 National Guard personnel based in DC from the support mission that was initiated in the wake of the riot. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III last month approved a request by the Capitol Police for continued National Guard support through May 23.

Armed National Guardsmen were deployed immediately after Friday’s incident but was not immediately clear if they were among the 2,300 on duty for the support mission.

They were been seen patrolling the halls of government buildings. 

Constitution Avenue (pictured above), which is the major thoroughfare that flanks the Capitol, has now reopened. Road blocks and razor wire fence that had lined the perimeter have now been taken down

Constitution Avenue (pictured above), which is the major thoroughfare that flanks the Capitol, has now reopened. Road blocks and razor wire fence that had lined the perimeter have now been taken down

Steel fences and National Guardsmen along the outer perimeter of the Capitol complex are now longer in place but several road blocks, which were already in place, are still there. Pedestrians can now access the area for the first time in months


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