Two Congressional staffers attacked with baseball bat

Two staffers working for Virginia congressman Gerry Connolly were injured on Monday after being attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat.

Mr Connolly – a Democratic House representative – said that one of the victims was an intern on her first day on the job.

The attacker is in police custody and both staffers were treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

About 7,500 threats against members of Congress were investigated in 2022.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Mr Connolly, who has served in the House since 2009, said that an individual had entered a district office in Virginia on Monday morning “and asked for me before committing an act of violence against two members of my staff.”

He added that the “thought that someone would take advantage of my staff’s accessibility to commit an act of violence is unconscionable and devastating.”

In an interview with CNN, Mr Connolly said that the assailant had struck a senior aide in the head with a metal bat and hit an…

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