The violent scenes unfolded on live television and social media, where people were inundated with shocking images of the seat of the US government overrun by people trying to stage a coup.
Here, BuzzFeed News has attempted to sort through some of the chaos by using maps, tweets, and photographs to show how and where the intruders gained entry to the Capitol — and what they did when they were inside.
1:10 p.m.: Trump finishes speaking, but supporters are already moving from the White House Ellipse to the Capitol
Approximately 1:15 p.m.: Mob pushes down barricades on Capitol grounds
Mob occupies space set up for Biden inauguration
How the mob accessed the Capitol
Rioters breach the Capitol
Sen. James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, is told “protesters are in the building” as he delivers a speech objecting to Biden electors.