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

Arkansas Democratic chairman killed in shooting

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(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. EBC


    A man has been shot, NO ONE deserves to be shot. Jesus, what a bunch of SICKOS!!!

    My prayers go out to Chairman Gwatney and his entire family.

    August 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. carepi

    who did this? and uneducated, unemployed, trailer park redneck republican who only cares about his pick up truck and his gun, ohh and obviously who does not ike blacks nor their party affiliation...

    August 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Richard

    It was probably an OBAMA supporter thinking the Clintons were there!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Richard

    Obama's camp probably had something to do with it. They wanted more publicity from CNN!

    August 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Andrea

    Here come the crazies! God bless us all!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Scott Tucson

    Maybe it's a case of some jealous hubby shot ing another cheating Democrat?

    August 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. bridgette

    I think anyone who says Obama will try to play the race card on this is sick. I think that this person was unstable and I don't think it matters if he was a Democrat nor Republican this guy was just a nut. I think we need to step back from politics sometimes and recognize the human side of things.

    August 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Robert

    To all who think that the DNC and Obama walk on water.......cite just one rule that the DNC rules committee used to steal votes and delegates from Clinton and gave them to Obama in Michigan – when his name was not on the ballot...............................just one rule fools!!!!!

    So when I say that the DNC and Obama have angered is the millions of United States citizens who clearly understand the roll of the Rules Committee, the cheating that went on within that meeting, the pushing down our throats of Obama, and the unDemocratic policies and positions that Senator Obama has taken. Since when was it a Democratic doctrine that votes should not count – until it was clear that it would not jeopardize his 'win'. That is unDemocratic....! Aside from that – he did not win anything yet – it takes 2025 in this case delegates to be acquired and neither Obama or Clinton got that. He is only the presumptive nominee – PRESUMPTIVE – got it ?

    August 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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