March 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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Lawmaker's office struck by 'random gunfire'

(CNN) - A bullet that landed in the office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor was the result of "random gunfire," police in Richmond, Virginia said Friday.

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, told reporters Thursday that a bullet was shot through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia. He also said he had received threatening messages.

In a news release Thursday, police said the bullet struck at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday. The preliminary investigation showed 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 building, which has several tenants including an office used by Cantor, was unoccupied at the time, the news release said.

Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley told CNN Friday that it was the result of "random gunfire."

- CNN's Brianna Keilar contributed to this report

Filed under: Eric Cantor
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Jerri in NM

    hahahaha.....fuel those flames, Eric, baby!

    March 26, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. quarterback

    The Patriot Act put forth by Neocons is gives the govt. the power to arrest these right wing lunatics. Arrest them. Try them. Execute them.

    Have a nice day.

    March 26, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Obviously, Bubba in the Bacalounger was so excited he had finally scored with his sister, he celebrated by randomly shooting into air while shouting "Ride 'em cowboy"!

    March 26, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    Let me give you the analysis of this, because CNN appears to have forgotten that part.

    Eric Cantor lied about being directly targeted, and lashed out with an extremely partisan and dangerous reaction towards the Democrats. I sincerely hope that the least sane of the wingnuts out there get filled in on the details here, because I really don't want to see any "retaliation".

    March 26, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    I guess those Republican "operatives" who did this (just like Democratic ones did the Dems' offices) are not very bright. They try to set up a situation and cannot even do THAT right. (sarcasm)

    March 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Wisconsonite - Republicans Do NOT Care About Working Class Americans

    I knew that once the facts came to light about Cantor's whining yesterday that he was being targeted by the left it would all turn out to be more lies! It was "random" gunfire . . . probably from one of the TeaPee-ers shooting off his gun because he hates the "gubmint" so much. Idiots!

    March 26, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    And of course Eric Cantor was out yesterday blaming Democrats for inciting this type of behavior. He must have read Karl Rove's playbook, especially the part that says when you are involved in bad behavior, turn around and blame your opponents for said behavior.

    I'd like to ask the good people of the lovely state of Virginia, what are you thinking with this guy? But then again, I live GA and try to follow that old rule that says something about people living in glass houses.

    March 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Tim

    Cantor is full of it. He is just mad because the Republicans are licking their wounds from their Waterloo!! How did that plan work for ya???

    March 26, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. al in san diego

    his story is a total fabrication on Cantor's part..the building in question is not in Cantor's district, is not labeled in any way indicative of it being his office, and the bullet did not hit said office..this is a case of a fool playing with guns and is so far removed from political motivated violence Cantor should be embarrassed for bringing it stuff on the extreme right on the other hand is verging on being scary....

    March 26, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Chris

    So I was right. A stray bullet...

    March 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. xray vision (I see through the political haze)

    What will come first?

    The liberal blaming Palin for this because of her reload comment.


    A liberal cheering the fact that someone would do this to a Republican.

    March 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. JJ

    We will soon see through every twist snd lies from the Republicans

    March 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. John in MN

    Yesterday, the claim by Cantor that he was purposely targeted was one of CNN's top stories on the home page. Now that police say it was random, you've buried it in the Ticker.

    March 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. You Lie!

    I knew this tool was lying through his teeth yesterday during his presser. Now, Mr. Cantor. Who is using disgusting violent behavior for political gain? You would think after all the lies about HCR, that are and will continue to be proven as such, these idiots would learn their lesson. The GOP is so far in the weeds now that HCR is passed, there are not enought lawnmowers on earth to de-weed them. Victory in November, Mr. Cantor? We shall see.

    March 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. blah

    It probably was your own people. Because you couldn't stop health care, so they turn on you. Stop trying to blame the Dems. We watch you all for over a year make fools out of yourselves.

    March 26, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. witch56

    INTERESTING, RANDOM doesn't that mean he wasn't singled out? things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    March 26, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Cantor might want to work on his knee jerk reactions a bit. Yesterday's stint in front of the camera isn't working out to well for him.

    March 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    So in other words, some yahoo fired into the air and the bullet randomly hit Cantor's office. Surprised he didn't call for an all out invasion of some Middle Eastern country in response. Good thing he's not "fanning the flames" of violence by running to the media about this.

    March 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. FloridaRes

    I would like to hear the alleged messages Cantor reports. Has he reported them to police? Until I hear objective evidence, I don't believe Cantor at all – based on his performance in Congress he is great at lying and deception.

    March 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Lori in St Pete

    Now that it turns out it wasn't the "dems fanning of the flames" that caused this incident, the rethugliban will forget about their call for civility and again encourage their frothing at the mouth locksteppers to carry on as before.

    March 26, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley told CNN Friday that it was the result of "random gunfire."


    OOOPS! There it is!

    Nice try Cantor. Now what was that thing you were saying about using the current violent climate to promote yourself?

    Sleaze bucket.

    March 26, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. JMikey54

    That is good news.

    March 26, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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