Pham was charged with one count of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of malicious wounding and is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. “The assumption is mental illness is at work, but we don’t know his background,” Connolly said, according to The Washington Post. Hy Pham, Xuan Pham’s father, said his son suffered from schizophrenia and mental illness. “He blamed the FBI for making him sick,” Hy Pham said. “He blamed the Navy for making him sick.”
Below is a picture of Xuan-Kha Tran Pham. The 49 y/o Fairfax County man who @FairfaxCityPD say walked into Rep. @GerryConnolly office this morning and attacked two of his staffers. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/oCKG9ewzRk— Nana-Séntuo Bonsu (@NSBonsu_) May 15, 2023
He said the intern was hit in the body and the office’s outreach director was hit in the back of the head. Another staff member with a military background then led the staff into an office to take shelter, Connolly said.
Fairfax County General District Court records show Xuan-Kha Tran Pham was charged in 2022 after a scuffle with police. FFXNow said that charge was dropped after Pham ended six months of supervision and was treated by mental health officials.
May 15, 2023“You could absolutely tell that the people inside were scared,” Fairfax police Sgt. Lisa Gardner said according to WRC-TV. “They were hiding. I mean, someone swinging a bat around, I would be scared as well. But thankfully the police officers got here fairly quickly.” According to WRC, the suspect is also under investigation in connection with an earlier attack in which a woman was approached by a man with a bat who asked her if she was white and then smashed her windshield. The incident was not the first attack directed against members of Congress or their staff members. In March, a staff member of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was stabbed in Washington, D.C. In February, Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted in her Washington, D.C. apartment building. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.