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Imperial Valley local shares Capitol Hill experience

"I really think the true Trump supporters that were out here did not come with that intention," The Imperial resident shared.  

IMPERIAL COUNTY, CA. - (KYMA) - Imperial County resident Frank Estrada stood amongst the thousands Wednesday morning to hear from President Donald Trump during the "Save America" rally in Washington D.C. 


Following the words of the President and his supporters, Estrada walked along with others to the Capitol to voice support.

He said as he approached the Capitol building, he witnessed it all take a turn for the worst. "They started storming the Capitol," Estrada shared with News 11. 


"I witnessed tear gas, pepper spray on people," he said. "I decided to keep my distance as everything unfolded." 


He said his intention of being there, along with others he spent the day with was not to cause an issue. "I really think the true Trump supporters that were out here did not come with that intention," Estrada explained. 


"It's unfortunate what happened yesterday but it wasn't my reason for coming out here," he said. 


While Estrada said he did not take part, thousands of rioters breached the Capitol Hill walls and buildings. Entering the floors of the House and Senate. Five deaths have been reported. More than 50 others were injured including Capitol Hill officers.


As of Thursday morning, gates surround Capitol Hill with hundreds of National Guardsmen on duty. 

This story was corrected to update the number of those who have died from related events at the capitol.

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