March 25th, 2010
04:37 PM ET
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Police reveal more about bullet that hit Cantor's office

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, is the House Minority Whip.
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, is the House Minority Whip.

(CNN) – Police in Richmond, Virginia have released more details about a bullet that hit an office used by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

Cantor revealed to reporters Thursday that his office had been hit by a bullet. He accused top Democrats of "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."

Read the full police report on the incident after the jump:


Bryan T. Norwood

Chief of Police

News Release

Richmond Police Investigate Cantor Building Vandalism

March 25, 2010

The Richmond Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism at the Reagan Building, 25 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia. A first floor window was struck by a bullet at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The building, which has several tenants including an office used by Congressman Eric Cantor, was unoccupied at the time.

A Richmond Police detective was assigned to the case. A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window. The round struck with enough force to break the windowpane but did not penetrate the window blinds. There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman.

The Richmond Police Department is sharing information about the incident with appropriate law enforcement agencies.

At this time there are no suspects.


Filed under: 2010 • Eric Cantor • Health care • Virginia
soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    It was either random chance or very well planned by an expert marksman such that it wouldn't hurt anyone. Purposefully hitting a window like that at that angle of trajectory would require a parabola virtually impossible to aim.

    March 25, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. a little sad

    Was it Cantor's office that was hit, or just an office in the same building? Isn't the elections office in that building as well as other businesses?

    Not that it wouldn't be a weird coincidence, but the police report makes it sound like "I shot a bullet into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where"

    (Apologies to Longfellow)

    March 25, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Mr. Moderate

    Downtown Richmond? 1am? Probably has more to do with drugs or gangs than politics.

    March 25, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. tasteofyourownmedicine

    Finally, he gets a taste of his own medicine......as much as i condemn this act of violence. Its unacceptable and shameful this happens in 2010 whether its because of anti-semitism or to politics.

    March 25, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Barbara Independent in NY

    Food for thought. Staged or real? Think about all the blatant lies that Republicans have spieled about health care reform. Hmmmmm

    March 25, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. JR

    There ya go, the bullet wasn't even fired at his office, I though Cantor was full of horsecrap.

    March 25, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Cynthia -Mpls, MN

    I am not surprised. Liberals have a VERY LONG HISTORY of violence. I challenge anyone to look at this history. You can start with Abraham Lincoln and go forward. Many assassins or would be assassins have been liberals. But the media including this very news outlet will say I am crazy and that republicans are behind all violence. What a bunch of rubbish

    March 25, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. a health economist

    Are you kidding me! It broke the window in a DOWNWARD direction and couldn't penetrate the blinds. That thing would have been fired from so far away to do this. It would be pretty unlikely that whomever fired the shot was even aiming at Cantor's office.

    March 25, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Chris

    sooo... it was a stray bullet?

    March 25, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. arv

    Wow! What a shot! Nice lob by that lefty sniper! Who's fanning the flames, Eric?

    March 25, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Allen Hussein

    So Eric Can't Or. Who is politicising the violence here? Can the rightards even possibly embarass themselves any further as they march lemming like into political oblivion.

    March 25, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. SGJ

    This is cooked up by Rove/Cheney and the Rethugligicans to "prove" its not just the wacked out right thats doing this. Nice try guys...

    March 25, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Oweta

    Cantor turns the threats and violence against Democrats on its head, saying that the Demos are now "fanning the flames of violence"??? Unbelievable what these people try to get away with!

    March 25, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. John Sebastian

    "A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window."

    Yeah, it's the dems fanning the flames. Well Mr. Cantor firing a round up in the air is a very bad way of hitting a target. How gullible do you really think the American public is? Who put cross hairs on their face-book? The duplicity here is incredible.

    March 25, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. The Revolution Begins

    I think its good that people are starting to stand up and started do something, no matter what its for, health care, economy, education. That reminds me when all of those college student rallied because of rising school prices, did there words help keep the price down, or where they just heard and pushed aside. Keep taking action. The Revolution Begins..

    March 25, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Haas

    Cantor is a liar and a piece of crap. He probably shot up his own office to get attention.

    March 25, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. hobart

    I don't think anybody could hit a particular window s/he was aiming at by firing a bullet almost straight up into the air, and having it land where they want. Sounds like a stray bullet from an incident unrelated to who occupies the building in question, rather than a death threat.

    March 25, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. John D

    I do not believe any threats were made against any of the Democrats. I believe it was all a ruse and now because of it more serious violations have in will occurr. We should not resort to violence and the only threatening we do should be a the polling boothes. No matteer what our differences of opinions are, and there are many and vary widely, we must remain civil.

    March 25, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. usualone

    I am really skeptical that a Democrat did this, especially with the win (for the country) this week. If a Democrat did do this, he/she should be punished completely. Democrats do not need to stoop as low as Republicans such as Sarah Palin who says "reload" among her other inflamatory talk.

    March 25, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Kettle

    Eric – You know that's the problem with that revolutionary talk. Once you start a revolution they become hard to control.

    Maybe you ought to dial back your parties rhetoric before calling out the dems.

    March 25, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Mike from MN

    Republicans committing acts of violence against each other for political gains.

    March 25, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. David

    I am sure it was the fear that his own side envoked that had an uneducated dissident attack the represenative from their community. Nice try to spin this but the dems have not been fanning the flames of violence,you all have.

    March 25, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. charles donnelly

    What goes up must come down-Newton.

    Or who would want to shoot this nobody?

    March 25, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Marty, FL

    Rep. Cantor and other Republicans were invited by Democratic leaders to stand together publicly and make unified announcements to tone down the misguided discourse. Why have Cantor, Boehner, etc. not accepted this offer for bipartisan effort?

    March 25, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Neaderthal Republicans

    WOW .... I can not believe that Mr. Kantor would misrepresent this incident to try and come up with an equivalency argument to help explain away the behavior of the domestic terrorists.

    The bullet was shot straight up in the air and happened to come down and randomly penetrate a window in his office that she shares with several other tenants.

    The bullet came in with such force and at such an angle that it barely penetrated 1 foot into the office.

    This occured at 1 o'clock IN THE MORNING. I can really see how if you took all this together, someone would conclude this was an attempt to shot at Eric Cantor's office and intimidate his staff ....

    Clearly it was NOT.

    March 25, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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