Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said on Monday a man with a baseball bat walked into his office in Fairfax, Virginia and asked for him before assaulting two members of his staff with a baseball bat. According to a statement released by the Democratic lawmaker: “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 thought that someone would take advantage of my staff’s accessibility to commit an act of violence is unconscionable and devastating … The individual is in police custody and both members of my team were transferred to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” Connolly was not working in that office on Monday.
Fairfax City Police confirmed in a tweet that a suspect is in custody and the victims are being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening. Spokesperson Sgt. Lisa Gardner said police received a call about the attack at Connolly’s district office at about 10:50 a.m. Officers got to the office within five minutes and located the suspect in the office, Gardner said. He was taken into custody quickly without further incident.
Connolly represents Virginia’s Fairfax County-based 11th District in the Washington suburbs. He’s currently serving his eighth term in Congress
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