Woman Escorted from Congressman’s Office
A woman walked into U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ office on Chicago’s West Side, drank liquid out of a bottle of hand sanitizer and set herself on fire with a lighter, CBS News reports.
The woman’s identity has not been released, but authorities say she was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Police say her condition has stabilized.
A press release on the incident sent from Davis’ office says the woman entered the building around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Davis wasn’t in the office at the time of incident.
So far, there’s no motive for the stunt. Davis said the woman only spoke with office staff briefly before picking up the hand sanitizer, according to reports. Staff responded with a fire extinguisher, but the woman ran out while still on fire.
Davis is a Democrat who was first elected in 1996. He served as alderman of Chicago’s 29th Ward from 1979 to 1990 and as a Cook County commissioner from 1990 to 1997, before going to Congress.