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WATCH: Senator shares video showing attack

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State Sen. Tim Carpenter says he was attacked outside the Capitol early Wednesday while filming a group that was damaging property around the capitol square.

In a video posted to his Twitter page, Carpenter, a Senator from the Milwaukee area, said he was punched and kicked in the head, neck and ribs.

Carpenter said he may have a concussion and was hit in his left eye.

"Innocent people are going to get killed," he said.

The video shows at least two people coming up to Carpenter trying to stop him from recording.

Carpenter later collapsed in front of a 27 News crew, who stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

The attack happened the same night that arsonists attempted to throw a firebomb into the City County Building nearby.

Surveillance video shows a firebombing June 24 at the City County Building in Madison following a night of unrest.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi condemned the attack in a statement Wednesday.

"What happened overnight in the heart of the city I've grown up and spent my entire life in is absolutely heartbreaking," Parisi said. "The misguided actions of a few jeopardized people's safety and well-being. Things have gone too far."

The executive specifically called out a fire bomb thrown into the City County Building. "A firebomb tossed through windows of the City County Building (CCB) landed near Dane County's 911 Center, the lifeline for all of our county's residents in the event of an emergency," Parisi said.

Dispatchers evacuated from the primary 911 center and moved to the county's back-up area.

Sheriff's Deputies put out the flames which began near boxes of paper, according to Parisi.

"The recklessness of throwing a firebomb into the CCB could have resulted in a human tragedy," Parisi said. "A spreading fire in the City County Building could endanger the lives of dozens of young people in the juvenile corrections center and the 180 inmates of the Dane County Jail who reside in the CCB."

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