August 13th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
14 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. JD



    August 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Unfortunately, there seems to be nuts coming out of the woodwork everywhere. I'm sorry for the man and his family. We all have to live in this crazy society, and some days it's easier than others.

    August 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Monica B

    Hmm! Did Hannity & Rush unleash the hounds.

    August 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Anne, Baptist, Republican, Conway, AR

    anybody who tries to score political points on this tragedy instead of praying for a speedy recovery makes Jesus cry.

    August 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Generation X

    Politics of hate will always drive lunatics like this man, to the extreme. This has got to stop. We must change our way of doing politics. This is change we can believe in!

    August 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. ben

    Whatever is determined to be the reason for this shooting is not a good enough reason. May the Lord be with the victim and his family.
    Thanks to the Law enforcement personnel for their great work in the apprehension of this suspect.

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Mike

    Where are we?

    Columbia? Zimbabwe?

    The mindless followers of the party in charge are now trying to kill the opposition?

    What has this country come to?

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Mark

    Crime is still our greatest enemy in this country and the world. My thought and prayers go to Gwathney and his family. Let join hands to fight crime.

    August 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Sharon Kitchen

    Prayers for all.

    August 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. James, FLL

    To CNN,
    you should really take your responsibilty and show good sense by not publishing the comments of people like this RAYMOND DUKE guy, somebody got hurt , somebody's husband, someone's father and all that idiot can find to say is who cares, complaining about Hiillary's lost, this shows that some people only cares about their agenda.

    his comment should have not been published

    August 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Will in Richmond, VA

    Thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr Gwatney.

    August 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Ivonne

    Senseless and so sad. My prayers are with the chairman and his family. I just read that the suspect was shot and killed.

    August 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Vigla

    I'm afraid some people will try to politicize anything. Howard Dean works with this man who was brutally shot by a crazed gunman. This gunman was killed, although I would have loved to hear his reasoning. My guess it's some nut-job who is afraid we're becoming too socialist for his taste.

    BTW, Howard Dean had NOTHING to do with Hillary's loss. In fact, he did EVERYTHING in his power to stay out of it. This Hillary obsession needs to end. Let's move on...

    August 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. time for change- Dallas TX

    And we wonder why we are so is disgusting that some of the people posting try to make this a Conservative vs Liberal issue. People that make comments like that are part of the problem, yet they are so blinded that they will never see nor admit it...

    On a side note...go ahead and try to take my gun Maggie! If we did not have the immigration issues and resulting gang issues (theft, vandalism, etc.) many of us would not feel the need to have guns to protect ourselves and property. Our worthless congress (both parties) has done nothing to further inmmigration reform because they are a bunch of cowards that only care about getting re-elected rather than what is good for the citizens.

    August 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Change NOW

    August 13th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

    The right to bear arms is still alive and well in the good old U.S.A.!

    I wonder if your country will ever realize the days of the wild west are over it's now the 21st century. The James gang no longer rules the west and sooner or later everyone will be able to put down their guns and resolve differences logically and diplomatically.

    sorry diplomacy is not in bush's vercabulry...

    August 13, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. G

    Are we still talking about Hillary Clinton? Seriously you people have some realtionship issues I pity the person who breaks up with you lol.

    August 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Rowan

    My thoughts are with Chairman Gwatney and his family, but also with the family of the shooter, who was killed by law enforcement. I hope that they are allowed some space for private grieving, even as we wish the Chairman a speedy and full recovery.

    August 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. C from Texas

    Whether your a Dem or a Rep, this is senseless. People need to stop using violent to solve their problems. I would think that since Arkansas has a CHL law that Chairman Gwatney would have one. Wishing you a speedy recover and my Prayers are with you and yours.

    McCain '08

    August 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Jean-Marie

    Raymond Duke – you poor thing. God help you.

    August 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Susan

    I wish he and his family well. To bad idiots have to spew hate when someone is seriously wounded by a wing nut.

    August 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. PT

    Raymond Duke–u need JESUS!!!!

    My prayers go out to the chairman and his family.

    So ridiculous. All you 'crazy' haters......get a life or a psychiatrist!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Scott L

    "we commend the courageous and speedy action of law enforcement officials in apprehending the suspect."

    If a dem at that party was carrying a gun, maybe someone could have stopped him sooner than the cops. And did I hear a dem thanking the police for shooting and killing this suspect? Wow...sounds like we need a stronger military might than they may have thought. Dems would have tried to negotiate with the killer first...bad idea.

    August 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. anonymous

    Once again, the hate mongers are at it. We're talking about human life here! And, Michael, for your misinformed statement, the shooter was not captured, he was killed!

    August 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Milwaukee WI

    I pray for Gwatney’s family as I pray for America.

    America’s true colors are beginning to show and will be in full bloom this fall and don’t nobody blame Obama. I am not talking about red/white/blue and I am not talking about the autumn colors either. Some have hidden behind so called religious values, others behind freedom of expression but it all point to one thing, hate and we all need to look in the mirror before things get worse.

    August 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. leon

    I feel sorry for the tragedy.

    However in a different point I hope that the Convention select a new Chairman and get ride of the stupid Howard Dean and all the BS behind him. He is mostly responsible for the division we face now in the Democratic Party and he is leading the party and the country towards another disaster.

    To all Obama's supporters this is a free country and even when Hillary accepted that she is not the nominee that does not mean that we have to follow because PUMA movement is more than supporting Hillary it is a demonstration that we do not accept and will not support Senator Obama who is a clear average politician formed in the corrupted school of politics from Chicago. He is an average politician that is already showing his lack of good judgement and his lack of moral values to stand firm on many critical positions. He changes his opinion ans where he stands in order to have votes and get elected. So there are plenty of Democrats who do not care abuot Obama and believe that the DNC is moving away from the principles of the party

    August 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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