In a letter to fellow congressmen on Saturday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote that her husband was recovering after beingat the couple’s home in San Francisco early Friday morning.
The Speaker of the House wrote that “82-year-old Paul Pelosi’s condition continues to improve.”
“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially deadly 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 treatment he is receiving.”
Authorities said a man broke into Pelosi’s home and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer. The suspect allegedly shouted, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy,” before committing the attack, according to a source briefed on the incident.
Later Friday, Paul Pelosi “underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands” from the attack, according to a statement from the president’s office.
“Know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many members of Congress is a comfort to our family and helps Paul move forward in his recovery,” Nancy Pelosi wrote in her letter.
The suspect, David Wayne Depape, 42, from nearby Berkely, broke into the home through a back door around 2 a.m. Friday, police said. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, DC during the attack.
Police would not comment on a motive, but“and that he was being targeted.
A senior federal law enforcement official told CBS News that Paul Pelosi managed to call 911 during the home invasion and leave the line open. The dispatcher asked what was wrong and got no response, but heard someone apparently being threatened. The dispatcher, who did not know who it was, decided to send emergency services because someone’s life appeared to be in danger, according to the manager.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott on Friday praised the 911 dispatcher “for his intuition and quick thinking,” calling his actions “life-saving.”
“His actions, in my view, resulted in both a priority dispatch and a faster police response,” Scott said.
Scott said responding officers saw the suspect attack Paul Pelosi with a hammer. Scott told reporters officers knocked on the front door and it was ‘opened by someone inside’ to reveal Paul Pelosi and the suspect, just inside the entrance of the house, struggling for control of a hammer.
After officers ordered the two men to drop the hammer, the suspect pulled it from Pelosi’s grasp and “viciously attacked” him with it, Scott said.
At that point, officers entered the house, attacked the suspect, grabbed the hammer and arrested him, Scott said.
The suspect will be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several additional crimes, authorities say.
A CBS News review of DePape’s alleged social media posts shows him spreading conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, pedophiles in government and claims Democratic officials run child sex rings.
The attack comes less than two weeks before the midterm elections. President Biden, speaking at a Democratic party fundraiser in Pennsylvania on Friday night, called him “despicable.”
“There’s too much violence, political violence, too much hate, too much vitriol,” Biden said.
— Rebecca Kaplan and Christina Ruffini contributed reporting