An individual armed with a baseball bat attacked two staffers working for Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, on Monday, the congressman said in a statement. The assailant is in police custody and both staffers were transported to a nearby hospital.
“This morning, an individual entered my District Office armed with a baseball bat and asked for me before committing an act of violence against two members of my staff. The individual is in police custody and both members of my team were transferred to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” Connolly’s statement read. “Right now, our focus is on ensuring they are receiving the care they need. We are incredibly thankful to the city of Fairfax Police Department and emergency medical professionals for their quick response.”
“I have the best team in Congress. My District Office staff make themselves available to constituents and members of the public every day. The thought that someone would take advantage of my staff’s accessibility to commit an act of violence is unconscionable and devastating,” it added.
Earlier this year, not far from the attack at Connolly’s office, Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was assaulted in her Washington, D.C., apartment building, suffering minor injuries. The attacker fled the scene, but a suspect was later arrested after police released a photo of him.
Craig, 50, defended herself from an attacker in her building’s elevator around 7:15 a.m. and “suffered bruising, but is otherwise physically okay,” according to a statement from her chief of staff, Nick Coe.
There was no evidence the attack was politically motivated, according to the statement from Craig’s staff. A police report said that a hate crime is not suspected in the alleged attack on Minnesota’s first openly lesbian member of Congress, CNBC reported.
This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.