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Arkansas Democratic chairman killed in shooting

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by KenH, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2002
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    Arkansas Democratic chairman killed in shooting

    (CNN) -- The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, hours after a shooting at the party's headquarters, police said.

    Chairman Bill Gwatney died at 3:59 Wednesday afternoon after a gunman entered his Little Rock office and shot him several times in the upper body, Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said.

    Authorities confirmed the news shortly after former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement expressing their condolences.

    "We are deeply saddened by the news that Bill Gwatney has passed away," the former governor and first lady of Arkansas said. "His leadership and commitment to Arkansas and this country have always inspired us and those who had the opportunity to know him."

    The shooting suspect, a white male, also died Wednesday afternoon after a police chase ended in gunfire, Hastings said.

    Authorities are working to confirm his identity, but Hastings said there was no indication that he was a former employee. He said police were investigating for possible motives, as well as why the suspect went into the Arkansas Baptist State Convention brandishing a gun.

    - rest at www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/08/13/arkansas.shooting/index.html
  2. guitarpreacher

    guitarpreacher New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
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    Bill was the same age as me, and grew up about 10 miles from me. He was a good man. Speculation is that the gunman thought he was going into the republican party headquarters when he went into the Baptist building, they are close to each other. As far as I know, that's just speculation.