By: Derek Chang
Someone recently hit Nancy Pelosi’s husband in the head with a hammer. A man was arrested at the scene.
The husband, Paul Pelosi, got injuries on his right arm and both hands, as well as a skull fracture. Paul was sent to San Francisco to get his injuries treated. Even with all the injuries, doctors say that Paul should have a full recovery.
Nancy Pelosi, 82-years-old like Paul, is a Democrat woman who speaks in the U.S. House of Representatives. The attack was obviously meant for Nancy, not Paul, as the attacker shouted, “Where is Nancy?” during the attack. Even John Cohen, who is working with U.S. law enforcement agencies on the study of the attack, said, "This was clearly a targeted attack. The purpose was to locate and potentially harm the speaker of the House." Nancy seems to be a big target of Republican criticism, such as when he was ransacked on January 6, 2021.
Paul Pelosi Jr., Pelosi’s son, was spotted next to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where Paul was recovering. When asked by reporters how Paul was doing, he replied, “So far, so good.”
The police arrested David DePape, who was 42-years-old. He was also taken to San Francisco, but it is not certain whether it was to give medical treatment, psychiatric care, or both.
David was booked into custody on many charges, which include, according to reuters.com, “attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, battery, burglary, threatening a public official or family member, and other felonies.”
The police have not found why the attacker was motivated to harm Nancy Pelosi. In an attempt to do so, they searched online, and found an internet user called “daviddepape”. The user made posts that expressed support for former President Donald Trump, and other topics related to politicians. However, nobody could confirm that these posts were made by David Depape who was arrested at the scene.
There was a 911 call from a citizen around the scene when the attack was happening. Other reporters confirmed that the call was from Paul. According to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, the call had been placed at a higher priority than normal 911 call, and Scott called this decision “life-saving”.