Paul Pelosi attack: Suspect in attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband had hit list, law enforcement sources say

The suspect in attack on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi had a list of people he wanted to target, law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation confirmed to CBS News.

David Wayne Depp, the man accused of beating Paul Pelosi to death with a hammer inside his San Francisco home on Friday, may have been planning to attack more people, sources said.

They haven’t gone so far as to call the list a “hit list,” but authorities believe the suspect may have been planning to target others, the sources said.

DePape is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Sources told CBS News that prosecutors are taking their time to file federal charges because DePape is in custody and no longer a threat.

Attack on Pelosi's husband
Police tape blocks a street outside the home of Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco, Oct. 28, 2022.

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The suspect on Friday is reported broke into the couple’s home around 2 a.m. Friday, yelling “Where’s Nancy?” The suspect planned to arrest Paul Pelosi until the speaker arrived home, law enforcement sources told CBS News. Police have not specified a motive, but said it was “not a random act.” Nancy Pelosi, who is the second in line for the presidency, was in Washington at the time of the attack, according to Capitol Police.

While the alleged shooter was in the home, police said Pelosi was able to call 911 and police were dispatched to the residence. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Friday that officers observed both Pelosi and the suspect holding a hammer and then “the suspect pulled the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it.” .

The suspect was immediately arrested by police and will be charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several additional felonies, according to authorities.

A CBS News review of suspicious social media posts by DePape turned up conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, pedophiles in government and allegations that Democratic officials run child sex rings.

In a letter to fellow members of Congress On Saturday night, the speaker wrote that her husband’s condition “continues to improve.”

“Our children, grandchildren and I are devastated and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our pop,” she wrote. “We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services and for the life-saving medical care he received. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and well wishes from so many in Congress is a comfort to our family and is helping Paul make progress in his recovery.”

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