LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -- There were horrifying moments in downtown Little Rock on Wednesday, as police say a gunman walked into Arkansas' Democratic Party Headquarters, went past the secretary and shot Party Chairman, Bill Gwatney.
"They introduced themselves. At that time he pulled out a handgun and shot Chairman Gwatney several times. He then turned and left the business," said Little Rock Police Department Spokesman, Lieutenant Terry Hastings.
Police say the 51 year old suspect, who's name they are not releasing [name of alleged shooter since released], left the scene.
After a 30-mile chase, the suspect was shot and caught in Grant County.
He was transported to the hospital, but died later Wednesday afternoon.
"Motive and things of that nature is something that we'll be working together to try and figure that out," said Hastings.
Gwatney died just before 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. He was just 49 years old.
In addition to serving as Arkansas' Democratic Party Chair, Gwatney owned and operated three car dealerships in Pulaski county.
Gwatney also served 10 years in the state senate.