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Shots were fired at the Volusia County Republican headquarters Sunday night. No one was injured, but the bullets shattered the building’s plate glass windows.
#SouthDaytona Republican Headquarter shot up overnight. Volunteers arrived Monday to find windows shot out and bullet holes inside office. pic.twitter.com/XjcgrwcWuf
— Patricio G. Balona (@PBalonaNJ) October 29, 2018
“This has to be politically motivated because no other merchants had similar damage,” a GOP spokesperson wrote on Facebook. “It’s a sad day for all of us…but we will seek our justice on November 6 when we elect law enforcement supporting Republican candidates to keep Florida safe! Vote Early! Vote Republican! Red Wave!”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott condemned the political attack in a Twitter post.
“Violence of any kind does not belong in our state,” he wrote.
Glad everyone at the Volusia County Republican headquarters is okay and that no one was inside when the shooting happened. Violence of any kind does not belong in our state and I appreciate law enforcement’s quick response to keep these Floridians safe.https://t.co/s2L2p6xtbN
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) October 29, 2018
State Rep. Tom Leek told the News Journal that he was outraged by the attack.
“The state of our political discourse in America is an embarrassment to all parties and those involved in the political process,” Leek said in a statement. “Neither Democrats nor Republicans own the high ground on this issue. Sooner or later, both parties are going to have to stop suffering idiots within their own party, and cast them out on their own.”