NewsChaos in the Capitol


'Everyone is really scared and concerned,' Cleveland native recounts D.C. riots

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 06, 2021

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland native had a front-row seat to all the riots breaking out Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Lillian Gasbarro now lives a block or two from the White House.

She saw people starting to gather Tuesday night and then watched a huge march go right by her apartment towards the Capitol Wednesday.

Gasbarro has seen lots of protests from her apartment window over the last year but this is the first time it felt dire.

"It’s just gotten totally out of hand with the rioting in a way I haven’t seen before," said Gasbarro.

She didn't take any chances.

Once things started escalating, she decided to stay inside her apartment and not leave.

"Everyone is really scared and concerned and doesn’t really know where to look for a solution," said Gasbarro. "I think the general mood is feeling scared and disgusted from where we are at."

Gasbarro is especially worried for some of her friends that work in the Capitol building and she's scared things are only going to get worse.

"I saw more of the Trump supporters coming back to where they were before and back towards BLM plaza and I'm concerned for sure that things are going to escalate," said Gasbarro.

She hopes that we can soon figure out a way to come together and make sure everybody feels like their voices are being heard.

"There’s a lot of people that are looking to make solutions to what are clearly very serious problems in the country and what I’m concerned about and what I want to make sure that we are moving forward," Gasbarro said.