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Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer wanted by police in connection to Capitol attack

Jon Schaffer founded Iced Earth (Picture: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Jon Schaffer, founder of metal band Iced Earth, is wanted in connection to the attack on the Capitol Building in Washington DC.

Donald Trump supporters stormed the building on January 6, with authorities now looking for those involved.

Guitarist and songwriter Schaffer is wanted for ‘unrest-related offenses’ and was photographed among the rioters.

A photo of him has appeared on a PowerPoint presentation from the Metropolitan Police in Washington DC.

Another band, Blind Guardian, whose frontman Hansi Kursch has worked closely with Schaffer in their music project Demons & Wizards, issued a statement condemning the violence at the Capitol.

They said: ‘We are deeply shocked and our thoughts are with the relatives of the deceased.

Schaffer was pictured on a ‘persons of interest’ document (Picture: Metropolitan Police of Washington D.C.)

‘We expressly distance ourselves from any kind of violence irrespective if applied against institutions or persons. The incidents will be thoroughly investigated and the responsibles will be brought to justice [sic].

‘We ask for your understanding that in view of the hourly news situation we will not make any further comments at present.’

Rioters stormed the Capitol Building (Picture: Getty Images)

Iced Earth was founded in 1985 by Schaffer and is still active today, with the band currently working on their 13th album.

Other members include Stu Block, Luke Appleton, Brent Smedley, and Jake Dreyer. It is not suggested that they were involved in the incident.

Prosecutors say they are looking at ‘all actors’ involved in the unrest, which saw a violent mob attempt to stop lawmakers certifying the result of November’s election.

The shocking scenes – which led to five deaths and the discovery of two pipe bombs – came just hours after the the President held a rally nearby at which he told supporters to ‘walk down to the Capitol’.

He said: ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Iced Earth for comment.

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