[media id=6044] [media id=6045] LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday and shot the part
August 12, 2008

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP)

A gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday and shot the party chairman, who was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

The gunman asked to speak to the party chairman, Bill Gwatney, and fired three shots at the office near the state Capitol. "He came in and went into this office and started shooting," police Lt. Terry Hastings told reporters near the party headquarters. Gwatney, a former legislator, was in critical condition, Hastings said. Party officials confirmed the victim was Gwatney.

The suspect was chased into Grant County, south of Little Rock, and apprehended after being shot, the police spokesman said. The suspect's condition and motive were not known. ...

Our thoughts and prayers go out for Bill Gwatney, his family.

Update via CNN:

The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, hours after a shooting at the party's headquarters, according to a statement from former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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