Ahead of midterm elections, four bullets fired at Florida GOP office
Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, a person with a gun shot four bullets into the Volusia County Republican Party office in South Daytona, Florida. No was killed or injured, but many feel this is yet another example of the uniquely heated political climate ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
Police Captain Mark Cheatham told the Washington Post that police have yet to arrest a suspect as no witnesses or video evidence was present.
Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County Republican Party, told the Post, “The sick Democrats… That’s the only people who would do this.”
Jewel Dickson, chairwoman of the Volusia Democratic Party, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, “It’s a sign of things going wrong. I would not be quick to blame a Democrat for doing that. It could be anybody angry.”
In a press release, Dickson says, “This kind of attempted violence has no place in Florida, and no place in politics.”
Volusia County Democratic Party releases statement condemning the shots fired into the Volusia County Republican Headquarters pic.twitter.com/L4TL4o5ZbG
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There are plenty of concerns across the country of the rising political violence ahead of the midterm elections. Last week, Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old Trump supporter, was arrested after he mailed bombs to influential Democrats and critics of the president. On Saturday, Robert Bowers fatally shot 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Last week a white man also gunned down to Black strangers at a Kroger in Kentucky.
In a statement to reporters, Democratic Florida state Rep. Patrick Henry said, “After one of the deadliest 72 hours in America, I’m angry to learn that shots were fired at a Republican Party field office in my district. Your party affiliation should never make you a target of gun violence.”