Some of the rioters who stormed the US Capitol last week communicated with each other through walkie-talkie social media app Zello, which has become popular among militias, according to a report.
At least two members of the mob used Zello to talk with other people who appeared to be inciting them from other locations, The Guardian reported, citing audio and chat logs it reviewed.
“We are in the main dome right now,” a female militia member was heard saying amid the mayhem, the outlet reported. “We are rocking it. They’re throwing grenades, they’re frickin’ shooting people with paintballs, but we’re in here.”
A male voice replied from a quiet location: “God bless and godspeed. Keep going.”
Another person was heard saying: “Jess, do your s—. This is what we f—- lived up for. Everything we f—- trained for.”
The frantic exchanges took place at 2:44 p.m. Jan. 6 in a public channel called “STOP THE STEAL J6” on the app,