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The Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seen on Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Cheyenne. Jacob Byk/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – A former employee welding a baseball bat walked into the Cheyenne VA Medical Center and attacked two staff members Thursday, VA officials say.

According to Sam House, the VA’s public affairs officer, the attack took place around noon at the hospital’s community center.

The two staff members suffered minor injuries and were treated at the VA and released, House said.

Cheyenne VA Police arrested the former employee within minutes of the assault and transferred the man to the sheriff’s department after treatment at the VA’s emergency room.

VA officials did not immediately identify the former employee. And although he was turned over to Laramie County Sheriff’s deputies for processing at the county jail, spokeswoman Capt. Linda Gesell said she couldn’t confirm his identity as of 5 p.m.

The community center entrance was closed temporarily. Visitors will need to enter the facility through the emergency room.

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