DEVELOPING: Arkansas Democrat HQ shooting suspect dies

UPDATED 8/13/08 3:48 p.m.: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Police say a man suspected of bursting into the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters and shooting the party chairman has died.

Police say the suspect burst into the office of Party Chairman Bill Gwatney and fired three shots. Gwatney is hospitalized in critical condition.

Police Lt. Terry Hastings says authorities chased the suspect into Grant County, south of Little Rock, and that he was fatally wounded during a 30-mile chase.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Police in Little Rock say they've captured a suspect in Wednesday's shooting at Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters.

They say the incident began when a man entered the party office and asked to speak to the state chairman. Police say the man then fired three shots.

Party chairman Bill Gwatney was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities say the suspect was captured in a county south of Little Rock after being shot. His condition, as well as motive, are not known.

The FBI says it's assisting the Arkansas state police in the investigation.

Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat who served with Gwatney in the Legislature, had been on a flight to Springdale in northwestern Arkansas. A spokesman says Beebe returned to the Capitol after hearing about the shooting.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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