A gunman interrupted Rep. Lee Zeldin as he campaigned for state governor at a Thursday night event in Perinton, New York.
According to media reports, the assailant, who appeared to be armed with edged weapons brass knuckles, interrupted Zeldin as he spoke at the event. A chaotic scene unfolded as the assailant and Zeldin fell while bystanders intervened.
What we know: WROC local news station reported the assailant has been identified as David Jakubonis, 43, a resident of Fairport, New York. It is unclear whether the man was intoxicated at the time, as officials said he had not been tested, and the motive for the attack remains unclear. Jakubonis is in police custody and has been charged with attempted second-degree assault.
- Video of the attack shows Jakubonis repeating, “You’re done, you’re done, you’re done”, as he approaches Zeldin on stage.
- He was wearing an ‘Iraqi Freedom Veteran’ hat and is believed to be a veteran, although this has yet to be verified by police, by WROC.
- Joe Chenelly, national director of the American veterans advocacy group, was on the scene and, with the help of others, subdued Jakubonis.
- Zeldin returned to the stage after Jakubonis was arrested.
Key quote: “When he said he served in Iraq, I got down on the ground with my hands on my knees and said, ‘You know, we’re going to get over everything you’ve done here tonight,'” he said. said Chenelly.