The U.S. Attorney in Milwaukee has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged “terrorist” who is accused of plotting to blow up a Wisconsin state house and kill a state senator, officials said.
U.A.E. State Senator Tom Bakk has been in critical condition after the blast.
It was unclear how Bakk, the chair of the state Senate Republican Caucus, was wounded.
A man who police identified as the alleged “threatener” was arrested at a home in the 7300 block of W. Lake Shore Drive, officials in Milwaukee said.
The suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds with a thin build and short hair.
He was wearing a blue hoodie and a gray T-shirt with a black stripe across the top.
He had a large handgun with a silencer and was armed with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, officials say.
Scott Walker, a Republican, issued a statement saying: “Our hearts go out to Senator Tom and the people of Wisconsin, and to our fellow Americans who were targeted in this cowardly act.
I have asked the State Police to investigate this matter and to provide all appropriate resources to assist our law enforcement officers.”
Bakk, who is a Republican and the state’s junior senator, was scheduled to address lawmakers at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
He is the highest-ranking elected official to be wounded in a mass shooting.
According to a police report, Bakk and his group were discussing the potential use of a bomb to attack the Capitol in Madison on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities said Bakk was a member of the Wisconsin chapter of the Black Panthers, which has been accused of targeting black and Latino protesters in the past.
Berkan was scheduled for a news briefing Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.ms. with Walker.
“The Wisconsin State Police is committed to providing the utmost assistance to law enforcement officials and to ensuring public safety,” Walker said in a statement.
In the statement, Bakke’s family thanked Walker for “providing the support and comfort that I have needed since my injury.”
He said he was thankful for the help of members of the public who “did not hesitate to call me and tell me that they loved me, that they were proud of me and that they believed in me.”
“They helped me recover and heal, they helped me get my life back,” Bakk said.