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Suspected Gwatney shooter's family: 'beyond our understanding'

 

SHERIDAN, Ark. (AP) - The family of the suspect in the fatal shooting of Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney released a statement today, expressing their "deepest sincere sympathy" to Gwatney's family. The statement from the family of Timothy Dale Johnson said also that the shooting was "beyond our understanding."

Authorities say Johnson barged into the Democratic Party headquarters in Little Rock, shot Gwatney three times, then fled. He was killed when he confronted police as a 30-mile chase ended in Grant County. Authorities also have not been able to determine what motivated the 50-year-old Searcy resident.

The family statement, released by the Grant County sheriff, said to Gwatney's family "Our hearts are heavy with grief for your loss." It also asked the media for time and privacy to deal with "the tragedy."

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