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Arkansas Democratic Party Leader Gunned Down

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Arkansas Democratic Chairman Bill Gwatney was killed by a lone gunman yesterday at party headquarters.
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.

The shooting suspect, a white male in his fifties, also died Wednesday afternoon after a police chase ended in gunfire, Hastings said.

Authorities are working to confirm his identity, but Hastings said there was no indication that he was a former employee. He said police were investigating possible motives, as well as why the suspect went into the Arkansas Baptist State Convention brandishing a gun.

CNN affilliates KARK and KTHV identified the gunman as Timothy Dale Johnson, 50, of Searcy, Arkansas.

The motive for the shooting appears unclear.  Some news outlets are reporting that the shooter was recently fired from his job and was having a hard time coping, but no definitive answer is known yet.

First I will say that my condolences go out to the Gwatney family for their loss.  There is no reason this man should have died so suddenly and senselessly.

Second, does anyone want to seriously discuss the gun laws in this country now?

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