August 13th, 2008
03:39 PM ET
6 years ago

Arkansas Democratic chairman killed in shooting

CNN affiliates report that Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney was shot.
CNN affiliates report that Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney was shot.

(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.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. v.a.

    of course, it's arkansas

    August 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Abby

    Oh my God! I wish the person that was shot a full and speedy recovery.

    God, please protect all of the candidates and their families. Thank you!

    August 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. CT voter

    Wow...republican trash...trailor park trash...

    August 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. HEADLINE NEWS

    Obama will claim it's race related and start playing his Ace in the Hole again...

    Then he will follow more of McCain's ideas in an apparent "Policy Shift"...

    August 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. somoonesux

    The solution is obviously to get more guns in the hands of more people. We will all be safer then.

    August 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Robert

    Unfortunately, I think this is just the beginning. Senator Obama and the DNC have upset millions....some of which don't have all cylinders working. My best wishes go to the DNC Arkansas Chairman.

    August 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Judgement over experience

    was it a republican who did the shooting?

    August 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. America at Its Best

    This is an example of what this country has become under the John McCain and the right winged republican party. Freedoms are challenged and people feel it is OK to attack a party headquarters in support of a party that encourages war and violence in its words.

    August 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I wish the person that was shot a full and speedy recovery.
    God, please protect all of the candidates and their families

    WHO did it? (name age affiliation) WHY did they do it? (cause motivation intent) You should not be allowed to post an article that is 2 sentences long. A little bit of information can be quite dangerous

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    Not surprised, The DNC will be responsible for this country burning to the ground. You cannot disenfranchise 18 million people and not be expected to pay the consequenses.

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Chips

    Lord protect and bring this person back to full recovery.

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. D

    Party Partisanship goes out the window when someone's life is put in danger. It's not about "Senator Obama and the DNC have upset millions". I'm a Republican and this isn't the time for party partisanship. I wish the person that was shot a full speedy recovery. God bless them and their families.

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. LS

    Wait until it get's closer to November, that's when a lot of the horrible people are going to start coming out of their gutters. Just Horrible.

    Why should the good people have to suffer, or be threatened because of the people who were brought up by corrutive upbringings and hateful teachings of their obvious worthless parents.

    August 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. proud army and navy mom

    cnn, could you please have more infor before you post stories. Was the man a democrat?

    was he shooting at any particular person or a whole group of people? Please investigate before rushing to make the next news cycle.

    August 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Mike

    Good news is that's one less vote for McCain.

    August 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. t

    maybe we shou.ld wait for the facts before mudslinging

    August 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Tom, MO

    Excuse me Robert, what do you mean Senator Obama has upset millions. Try the Clintons, staying in the race in spite of the fact that Hillary could not win it MATHEMATICALLY.

    Perhaps all of your cylinders aren't working?

    August 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Enough

    This is so sad. Campaigns that sew hate and fear do nothing but provide validation for nutts to carry out stupid acts.

    August 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Trudie, MD

    Sounds like Bill and Hillary Country. They just won't play nicely.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Kat

    How can you make claims like "of course, its Arkansas"? Are you serious? How dare you make those remarks. I live in Little Rock and that is highly offensive. It doenst matter WHERE it was, an innocent man was shot!

    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Enough

    This is so sad. Campaigns that spew hate and fear do nothing but provide validation for nutts to carry out stupid, mindless acts.

    August 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Rachelbsw

    May god bless all the candidates and keep them safe.

    Robert, are you blaming Obama for some wack job shooting up a party head quarters? Seriously...

    August 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Kat

    and the shooter isnt in custody, according to our local news, he was shot and killed after a short car chase.

    August 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Obamalism

    Wow, you people how no idea who shot him and what his motives were, much less if it was politically motivated.

    August 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Republican for Obama

    Sick and Tired:

    So we should disenfranchise the 18Million that didn't agree with you then it will be okay right?

    August 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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