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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  1. Oh Boy!!!???

    Well, if you believe McCain and his pitch, the antichrist must die.

    It is so sad to see that there are folks in this country that will sit by and say, oh it is so sad that multiple attempts to attack Dems and Obama will be made.

    What these idiots are upset about is that it won't end this way too soon!!!
    They are for this kind of behavior but hide behind the shame, shame on you statements.

    Get this man a uniform and off to Georgia, Eh Johnny???

    August 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    With this sad shooting and the comments on this blog so far, one can only conclude that American democracy is in deep trouble.

    August 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. linda from South Dakota

    ok, we can all slam,, each other on things and we cant contol anything by ourselves,, so lets pray this campaign is a safer one and lets get down to business,, there will always be "crazy , disgruntle" people in this world, but lets not add to that number,, my vote is for obama because i believe hes true in what he says,, he doesnt bounce like mccain who, in my books, will follow bush's plan. I personally dont agree with mccain nor bush,, but i have the future to look forward to and i hope its alot better than the past. the closer we get to voting,, the wilder people get,, but if we maintain a positive attitude throught this, the less voilence there will be,,, just be glad this person is in custody and pray there are no more incidents like this,,,,go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Pepou

    Enough of the 18 million myth ! The great majority of them (the intelligent ones) will vote Obama, not tfor he woman who mismanaged a quarter of a billion $$ in her campaign and cried sexism afterwards.

    August 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Andy

    What's appalling here is that the lunatic fringe on the left are once again blaming Repuiblicans for this. It's amazing how far Bush Derangement Syndrome has gone.

    Since you want to make up stories about how this is somehow a Republicans fault, try this. The guy came in and shot the Democrat because he was cheating with his wife. Since that seems to be something Democrats do.

    Maybe just wish the man a speedy recovery and leave politics out of it.

    August 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. donovansbrain

    The masks are dropping, folks. The GOP would like nothing better than to shoot everyone who still believes in the rule of law in this country. Bet this nut's house is also filled with tracts about 'Liberals are Traitors' and 'Voters are Traitors' and ' Liberalism is a Mental Illness." Reality check: shooting someone because they disagree with you is a mental illness. Here you see Republican Conservatism at its finest.

    August 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. lil

    Headline news
    This is not a joke this is a person life you are talking about.
    Sen Obama has been getting threats but you never heard him make
    mention of them.
    Have some compation for the persons family who was shot. And dont

    August 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. AV

    The 18 million is a myth made up by the Clinton's. There is no way to prove 18 million people voted for her that’s why she started that rumor. Also if this is true then why didn't she win?

    August 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Jim

    I swear if this is one of the PUMA'S....

    August 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I do hope this was just a random crime of opportunity and not some wacko's idea of leveling the political landscape–or pay back. The latter reason would substantiate how barbarous the world depicts our nation and it's people.

    A true hero–who appears to be willing to pay the ultimate price for his beliefs. Hooray for your bravery–and Godspeed in your recovery!!

    August 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. sabdra

    This will not stop our march toward being the united country that we can be. May God Bless all!

    OBAMA 08

    August 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. David, Tampa, Fl

    What's wrong with America? Nothing. We are all mice running amok in an over crowded Skinner Box. Experiment brought to us by our political, business and religious leaders. Hope you twits are satisfied.

    August 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Dylan in CA

    What do Republican rednecks do when they get mad at those durn Liberals? ...They shoot people.

    For the second time now this summer. What a shame.

    August 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    From what I hear he was a delegate for Hillary. WOW.... you make the call, probably not a republican. The DNC is pretty desparate.

    August 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Matt-NE

    Good Lord, the Obama camp will do anything for a distraction from Obama having to deal with facts and real problems.

    First the Edwards thing, now this. Heck, we're only halfway through the Obama's vacation, what else are you going to throw at us Obama??

    August 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. John Hussein Karsten

    The shooter must be a religous conservative right wing fella...and you know it was folks.

    Didn't this happen a few weeks ago at that church?????

    August 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    to: dononvansbrain:

    What a horrible thing to say. Are you so ignorant you are note aware the amongs conservatives rule of law and respect for the political views of others is fundamental to carrying the card.

    Shame on you–for painting millions of people who only want the best for America as radical right wing killers. You are despicable!!

    August 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Jim

    This is more motivation to go out there in November and VOTE! I cannot wait until November, do not let this scare you, make your stand and Vote in november, do not stay home, no matter what party you are from, do not let this scare you!

    August 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. aliou FL

    Any surprise that the party that a party which supports war and violence should be shouting its way to the white house?

    August 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Lesley

    This is disgraceful. Keep up the attack ads McCain and generate more hate out there! Nice work.

    August 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Does CNN ever feel by the comments that were posted, that most Americans are insensitive to the shooting? Speedy Recovery to the victim.

    August 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Abby

    Matt-NE, i hope you're joking. if not, there is no hope for you.

    August 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Shari, NY

    I used to praise the U.S. for running violence fre elections unlike other places in the world, and I hope this incident will not be repeated so that I can continue to hold this country in high esteem. People seem to be getting desperate because of their own fears which might come to fruition. I ask god to protect politicians on both sides.

    August 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. dollorbil

    This doesn't sound like a political hit. It will probably turn out to be jealousy or money motivated. Was he a womanizer?

    August 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Shari, NY

    I used to praise the U.S. for running violence free lections unlike other places in the world, and I hope this incident will not be repeated so that I can continue to hold this country in high esteem. People seem to be getting desperate because of their own fears which might come to fruition. I ask god to protect politicians on both sides, and I hope that whoever wins will do something about the proliferation of guns.

    August 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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