The suspect inhad a list of people he intended to target, and law enforcement sources who were briefed on the investigation confirmed CBS News.
David Wayne DePape, the man accused of hitting Paul Pelosi with a hammer at his San Francisco home on Friday, may have planned to attack more people, the sources said.
They haven’t gone so far as to call the list a “hit list,” but authorities believe the suspect may have planned to target others, the sources said.
DePape is expected to be charged Tuesday. Sources told CBS News that prosecutors are taking time to pursue federal charges because DePape is in custody and is no longer a threat.
The alleged suspect on FridayAround 2 a.m. on Friday, he called out, “Where’s Nancy? Police have not given a motive but said it was “not an accidental act”. Nancy Pelosi, the second presidential candidate, was in Washington DC at the time of the attack, according to Capitol Police.
While the alleged attacker was at the home, police said Pelosi could call 911 and police were dispatched to the home. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Friday officers observed both Pelosi and the suspect with a hammer, and then “the suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it.”
The suspect was immediately arrested by police and is charged with attempted manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several other crimes, according to authorities.
A CBS News review of alleged DePape social media posts surfaced conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, government pedophiles and claims that Democratic officials run child sex rings.
in oneOn Saturday evening, the spokeswoman wrote that her husband’s “condition continues to improve”.
“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life threatening attack on our pop,” she wrote. “We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many in Congress is a comfort to our family and is helping Paul make progress in his recovery.”