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Old 08-13-2008, 12:33 PM   #1
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GUNMAN ENTERS ARKANSAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY HQ, SHOOTS STATE PARTY CHAIRMAN

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Old 08-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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</P>[h1]AP[/h1]
</P>[h1]Gunman wounds Arkansas Dems party chairman[/h1]
</P>By ANDREW DeMILLO 24 minutes ago
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday and shot the party chairman, who was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
The gunman asked to speak to the party chairman, Bill Gwatney, and fired three shots at the office near the state Capitol.
"He came in and went into this office and started shooting," police Lt. Terry Hastings told reporters near the party headquarters.
Gwatney, a former legislator, was in critical condition, Hastings said. Party officials confirmed the victim was Gwatney.
The suspect was chased into Grant County, south of Little Rock, and apprehended after being shot, the police spokesman said. The suspect's condition and motive were not known.
Sarah Lee, a sales clerk at a flower shop across street from the party headquarters, said that around noon Gwatney's secretary ran into the shop and asked someone to call 911.
Lee said the secretary told her the man had come into the party's office and asked to speak with Gwatney. When the secretary said she wouldn't allow him to meet with Gwatney, the man went into his office and shot him, Lee said.
She said the secretary described the man as in his 40s and white and drove off in a blue truck.
FBI spokesman Steve Frazier said his agency was assisting in the investigation but could not offer any details. "We're aware of it. We're helping the state police right now," Frazier said.
Party director Bruce Sinclair and House Majority Leader Steve Harelson, a Democrat, identified Gwatney as the victim.
Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat who served with Gwatney in the Legislature, had been on a flight to Springdale in northwestern Arkansas but returned to the Capitol after hearing about the shooting, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said.
Karen Ray, executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas, sent her workers home early "out of an abundance of caution."
"Our hearts go out to everyone at the Democratic headquarters. What a tragedy," Ray said. "This is just a very upsetting, troubling and scary thing for our staff as well."
Gwatney, who owns and operates three car dealerships in Pulaski County, served 10 years in the state Senate. Gwatney was Beebe's finance chairman during Beebe's run for governor in 2006.

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Associated Press - August 13, 2008 2:23 PM ET
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police in Little Rock say they've captured a suspect in today's shooting at Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters.
They say the incident began when a man entered the party office and asked to speak to the state chairman. Police say the man then fired three shots.
Party chairman Bill Gwatney has been taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Authorities say the suspect was captured in a county south of Little Rock after being shot. His condition, as well as motive, are not known.
The FBI says it's assisting the Arkansas state police in the investigation.
Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat who served with Gwatney in the Legislature, had been on a flight to Springdale in northwestern Arkansas. A spokesman says Beebe returned to the Capitol after hearing about the shooting.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:18 PM   #4
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That is terrible.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:00 PM   #5
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The Democratic Convention hasn't even started and
this sort of horror is already happening. Unless the man
had another evil reason!
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:51 PM   #6
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Hw wasn't captured.
He is dead...............they shot him.........
He is 51, no name yet.........
The chairman is from the gwatney car dealerships in arkansas.
Family owned car chain......
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:55 PM   #7
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This is horrible!
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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This is just terrible! Have they said where they apprehended him at?
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:22 PM   #9
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The Party Chairman has died from his gunshot wounds, according to CNN.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:51 PM   #10
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Unbelievable!

Nah...on second thought, with as weird and screwed up as this ol' world is getting to be, it is all TOO believable!
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:59 PM   #11
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Turns out chairman Bill Gwatney was a super deligate for the dem party,,,
I wonder if that has something to do with it.
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:36 PM   #12
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This is just terrible! Have they said where they apprehended him at?
They told on channel 11 they caught him in Sheridan.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:58 PM   #13
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The man was a 50 year old from Searcy, not too far from where Fordarama lives. In another incident just a few minutes before this shooting, a man with a gun went into the Arkansas Baptist Convention building with a gun and said he was upset because he lost his job. Police are not sure if the 2 incidents are related.

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I've just now read Mr. Gwatney has died.
Another ridiculous killing, probably for NO good reason.
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