Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Shot (Updated)

Breaking News: State Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney has been shot. A gunman reportedly walked into the democratic headquarters and asked to speak with Gwatney then shot him. The suspect fled and was chased. The chase ended with gunshots being fired. It has been reported that the suspect was shot dead.

Update: Gwatney has died. No motive for the shooting has been found. I’m not sure that any motive will explain this terrible act. The shooter, Timothy Johnson, was shot by authorities.

My heart goes out to Gwatney’s family and friends.


From the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

A gunman shot Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney three times at the State Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock on Wednesday, fleeing the scene in a pickup and leading police on a chase down Interstate 530 that ended in gunfire. Gwatney was transported to the hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The Little Rock police said about 2:30 p.m. that the suspect was dead after being shot by authorities near Sheridan. (more… )

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