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BREAKING: Staffers of Congressman Attacked With Baseball Bat

Two members of Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA) staff were assaulted this morning by an individual with a baseball bat at his Fairfax District Office.

The incident reportedly occurred at Connolly’s office in the 10680 Mainland Building in Fairfax, Virginia.

The individual has been taken into custody while the City of Fairfax Police Department investigate the incident.

According to Fairfax County local news, Connolly said the individual entered his Fairfax District Office “armed with a baseball bat and asked for me before committing an act of violence against two members of my staff.”

Read Connolly’s comments below:


FFX Now reported:

As news of the assault spread, Connolly’s colleagues in Congress and local public officials quickly rallied around him.

“The idea that this kind of violence could take place in our community is unconscionable,” Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw said. “I know all of us in @fairfaxcounty will be thinking of the dedicated public servants who were the victims of this attack & wishing them a speedy recovery.”

Rep. Don Beyer called the attack “very, very scary,” while Sen. Mark Warner said it was “an extraordinarily disturbing development.”

“Intimidation and violence — especially against public servants — has no place in our society,” he said. “…My thoughts are with the staff members who were injured.”

“Police are currently on scene at 10680 Main Street #140, the office of Congressman Gerry Connolly, investigating the assault of two staff members. The victims are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is in police custody,” Fairfax City Police tweeted.

Other congressional members commented about the reported assault on the staffers.

This story is developing. We’ll provide further information as it becomes available. 


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