Davis was not in her office at the time, but some staff members were present. They used a fire extinguisher to put out the small blaze.
No one was injured in the attack, but the lawmaker’s office was damaged by the fire.
“It’s unfortunate when things like this happen in the public arena,” she said. “It reminds us of how important it is for us to remain very civil in our discourse and to work not to foment this kind of anger in our community as we discuss things that are challenges that we all face and care about.”
Anthony Spangler, Davis’ communications director, said he had no idea what motivated the attack.
“We have an office that?s open to the public all the time, and so we’re always potentially vulnerable to things like this. We?re thankful that no one was injured. We hope that the investigation is concluded quickly and that they identify the suspect.”
A maintenance worker pursued the suspect out of the building, but was unable to catch him.
Davis is a first-term senator who beat a Republican incumbent in 2008. She had been locked in a court battle over redistricting.
“Thank you all for your expressions of support and concern,” she said on Twitter after the attack. “My team and I are concentrating on moving forward and staying focused.”
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