Ashli Babbitt survived eight U.S. military deployments, but the Air Force veteran died Wednesday on a mission in the homeland – an assault on the nation’s Capitol.
At a news conference Wednesday night, Metro Police and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser declined to identify the shooting victim. But numerous media outlets named the 35-year-old San Diego woman, and KSUI-TV quoted her husband saying she had been a staunch Trump supporter and “a great patriot.”
Graphic videos of the shooting show Babbitt wore a Trump flag as a cape as she tried to crawl through a broken window, flanked by other protesters. A single shot rang out, and she fell to the floor bleeding from an apparent neck wound.
Police officers screamed for the crowd to make room and a voice heard on video declared, “Ladies and gentlemen, a lady was just shot. She might be dying right now.”
Messages of grief and mourning poured out on social media after Babbitt’s identity was circulated.
The biographical section of a Twitter account with the user name, Ashli Babbitt, using the display name “CommonSenseAsh,” identifies her as a veteran, a Libertarian, and a Second Amendment supporter.
Online, she was vocal about her backing of Trump and appeared in photographs wearing a red ball cap with the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. In September, Babbitt tweeted a photo from a pro-Trump boat parade in San Diego.
On Tuesday, she posted a declaration: “Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!”
That message was in response to a post from another Twitter user who pictured a colonial flag overlaid with “1776 Again” above the words, “Trump is still our president.”
Babbitt’s account also shows many retweets. The last one, posted Wednesday, called for Vice President Mike Pence to resign and face charges of treason; for former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be arrested and charged as an accessory to murder and treason; and for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to resign.
Members of Babbitt’s family could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Babbitt served in the Air Force under the married name of Ashli McEntee. The timing and circumstances of her military separation were not immediately available.
KSUI-TV reported Babbitt spent 14 years in the Air Force. An undated news release from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska pictured Airman Ashli McEntee with her then husband, Sgt. 1st Class Timothy McEntee, after they had adopted her military working dog. Maryland records show the McEntees divorced in 2019. McEntee identified Babbitt to the Post.
A Washington, D.C., Air National Guard news release in 2014 listed Senior Airman Ashli McEntee among 30 personnel being sent to southwest Asia. The article noted it was her eighth deployment and identified her as a mentor to others in the 113th Security Forces Squadron.
California business records list Ashli Elizabeth McEntee as owner of Fowler’s Pool Service & Supply, a San Diego County business. A LinkedIn account for Ashli McEntee indicates she took over the company in 2017. Customers praised Ashli and Aaron Babbitt online for their service.