August 19th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
13 years ago

Police looking into damage to senator's home


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Police are looking into damage to Al Franken's home."](CNN) – A window in Sen. Al Franken's Minneapolis residence was damaged by what could have been a pellet or BB fired from a gun, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

Sgt. Bill Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department told CNN that members of the Franken family recently reported finding a hole in a window of their Minneapolis condominium that appeared to be made by either a BB gun or small rock.

The hole damaged a double-paned window, but did not penetrate the second pane, Palmer also said.

The object in question was not found and it remains unclear exactly when the damage occurred. Palmer said that it is unlikely the possible BB shot was directed at the Minnesota Democrat.

"I find it unlikely people actually even know where the senator lives," Palmer said.

Marc Kimball, a spokesman for Franken, added the matter is under investigation by both the Minneapolis Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police and said, "It happened when they were not home."

A spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't want to point fingers, but I have a pretty good idea who's behing this.

    August 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Minnesotan

    Typical thuggish conservative behavior: Do an anonymous (gutless) drive-by shooting at someone you disagree with. Tell me: Is there any difference between these conservative dolts and criminal gangs who do drive-by shootings? I see them as equals.

    August 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Jobe

    Its a kid with too much time and lax parents. Hardly a ticker issue.

    August 19, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Dylan from MN

    I've gotten to meet Al and his family, they're wonderful people and he's wonderful Senator, a true progressive! May God keep you and your family safe, Senator.

    August 19, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Hate is rampant in America. How can we call ourselves a "Christian Nation" and practice hate?

    August 19, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    I betcha it was Mexican Muslims. That's who we're blaming for everything this week, isn't it? When do we get to hate on left-handed midgets? Is that next week or the week after. So hard to keep track. Have a nice day!

    August 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Augsbee

    Hey, the same happened to Congressman Eric Cantor's office, that's scary.

    August 19, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Bob in PA

    Must be them right wing extremists – couldn't have been kids or a po'd neighbor.

    August 19, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...The object in question was not found and it remains unclear exactly when the damage occurred."

    o First it was a BB or Pellet –
    o then a BB or a Rock –
    o then it went through the first glass of a two pane window but only
    damaged the second glass but did not penetrate it –
    o then the doggone BB, Pellet or Rock could not be found??? Wouldn't
    the BB, Pellet or Rock still be in between the two panes???

    Then Palmer dismisses the entire event as NOTHING because NO ONE knows where the Senator lives????

    Why is this story NEWS-WORTHY??? Just CNN once again trying to stir up something!!!

    August 19, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "I find it unlikely people actually even know where the senator lives," Palmer said.


    I live in San Francisco and know exactly where Senator Feinstein and Speaker Pelosi's California residences are. This sounds like it was a) intentional and b) willful ignorance on behalf of the police to simply discount it,

    August 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Bush did it or Palin told the Tea Party people to do it. Cheny might have done it, if he was out of the hospital. Mitch McConnell should be investigated. The person who did it was racist. Obama needs to make a speech "slamming" the republicans that were responsible. Pelosi will call for an investigation. Depending on what color the perps were, Holder may or may not prosecute. The DGA will demand that Fox put a disclaimer on before every show saying they were responsible. Just trying to think like a liberal, not an easy thing without using illegal drugs.

    August 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. GL

    I blame this all on the Republicans and their hatefull supporters.

    August 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Sniffit Franken's reaction to Cantor's.

    Franken: calm, rational, reasonable, not jumping to conclusions even though it was his home.

    Cantor: holds a press conference at which he behaves in an extremely agitated manner, refuses questions, jumps to conclusions and insinuates it was some lunatic liberal...though it was a window in the same building as one of his satellite offices BUT NOT A WINDOW OF THE SATELLITE OFFICE.

    August 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Shibumi

    Who cares. Franken will now work to outlaw BB guns.

    August 19, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Big deal nothing compared to what's in store for America if we don't get our act together and as a people start acting like adults!

    August 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. d

    anyone who thinks this was not a deliberate attack is fooling themselves

    just more blood and stains left by the trail of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck and those like them

    Amazing the people who really should be targeted are never

    August 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Jon

    Is this guy a Saturday night's joke? Has anyone had an experience with throwing a small rock at a window and the rock can penetrate the glass panel with a hole in it? MN taxpayers perhaps made a terrible and very costly joke back then by electing this idiot for the senate!

    August 19, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Vanilla Gorilla

    it is unfortunate that Senator Franken's home was vandalized
    but it could a sign of the frustration and embarrassment that most of the citizens have have with him being a senator
    simply put he is clown with a distorted moral compass
    it is laughable that he is even being taken seriously at any level as a member of Congress
    his tax problems and past drug use are just the tip of the iceberg for the reasons he should not be a senator
    he is now a senator as the direct result of voter fraud – not being voted in legitimately
    while he has a high degree of intelligence he has squandered it – anyone who does any research on the man and his body of work prior to be coming a "man of the people" would reach the same conclusion
    there is a place in life for Al Franken – and it is at SNL, snorting coke and making fun of the people he us supposed to represent

    August 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Probably that witch Michelle Bachman did it. The GOP lunatics keep losing so they think vandalism or acting like 13 year old kids will help them win the next election. Hatred and random acts of violence are NOT family values.

    August 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Bill

    Wow! This is really worthy of national news coverage! Every day I wake up and ask myself, "What would Al Franken do?" How paranoid can you get, Al? 'Course you're the only one who really knows if you should be worried, Al.

    August 19, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    More of Republican dark humor...

    These freaks will not be satisfied until the pile of bodies is so high that Jesus HAS to come back down and smack them all around like he did the peddlers at temples.

    August 19, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Maybe Franken should resign from the Senate and go back to stand-up comedy–at least, that way, the only projectiles he'd have to deal with would be rotten eggs.

    August 19, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Independant Vet

    He has to make headlines some how . Probabley done it himself. Maybe he should move in with the Obama's. Then they can hold there own Liars club.

    Like it has been stated over an over , the Democrats have to have something to whine about. Cry like that newly Casterated Bull Dog . Right Bow . Yet bow got a treat , has own private Plane

    August 19, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Angus McDugan

    Probably buyer's remorse from the good people of Minnesota.

    August 19, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |