August 13th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Dean reacts to shooting

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" DNC Chair Howard Dean expressed shock over the shooting."]

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has issued a statement reacting to the shooting at the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters:

"This senseless tragedy comes as a shock to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chairman Gwatney and his family and we pray for his full and speedy recover," he said. "While the investigation of this shooting continues, and our primary concern remains with Bill and his family, we commend the courageous and speedy action of law enforcement officials in apprehending the suspect."

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  1. Gary

    TO WIN the nomination and election for the Presidency, not only do candidates have to rake in lots of money from the public by selling themselves to the public just as any product on t.v. , newspaper, magazine, internet, etc, which in most instances the beautifully packaged product is a big dissapointment once opened. I believe once O. is elected the pundits will waste not time in tearing him to shreds for every perceived miscalculation on his part, and believe me there are going to be thousand of bad judgements from O. I just can't wait for the barbarians to tear down the walls and we will see what all this messiahnic nonsense was about!

    August 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Sacto Joe

    Some of the comments on this site are simiply repugnant. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

    My prayers and sympathies go out to the family and friends of Chairman Gwatney, to the State of Arkansas, and to the country as a whole. May the Lord hold him in the palm of His hand.

    August 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. nola

    It is really sad that people cannot take the time to address what occurred today – a man was shot and later he died. It is not the time to be bad mouthing anyone –

    August 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Joan

    Would the O. supporters had felt the same way if it had been a Republican that had been shot instead of a Democrat?

    August 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Gary


    Well said.

    August 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Willow, from Iowa

    Sorry to hear this. My prayers go out for the Gwatney family. Sometimes crazy things happen, and this sure is one of them. These kinds of things just shouldn't happen, in a big city, or in a small town.

    August 13, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    Its a Sad day when this type of Violence happens May all prayers be for his family, a Very sad Act!

    August 13, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. snowhite

    They are both dead--it is no wonder all the hate that is spewed on line and and from the msm.Just reading about the views over Cindy Mccains carpal tunnel injury the hate from the obamanoids was sure enough to drive a nutcase into a frenzy.This election has brought all the crazies out.

    August 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. aware

    Scream Dean! 🙁 Idolatry makes strange bedfellows!

    August 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Ron Nebraska

    CNN, release my comments from moderation faster.

    August 13, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. KG

    This shouldn't be unexpected and I won't be surprised if it happens again. Even in a sad moment like this, you can still read the hatred in these blogs. Just look through them, see what is being written about conservatives, liberals, democrats, republicans, race, ageism, religion. This is simply an election. No matter who wins, life will go on after, the economy will get better (it's cyclical you know), countries will go to war and make peace, jobs will come and go, some people will pray and some won't, kids will grow and have their own families, etc, etc.

    August 13, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Moe

    Will Hillary supporter give it up... Why are you demonizing Dean? She lost fair and square... A man just Died and all you worry about is Hillary...

    August 13, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Listen Up...

    Respects to the Gawtney family...senseless and random in the extreme. There is so much mental illness and stress in the world that if we do not make a change and soon, all hecks gonna break loose.

    Note to HRC supporters: This story, much like the presidential campaign is NOT about her. Geez.

    August 13, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Paul from Texas

    The man has now left us all let him rest and does it matter what anyone says about such an act except that it makes no sense.

    August 13, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. What a party

    Obamawontwin- Why are you jumping on Angie? Read everything first!

    August 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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