A Republican campaign office in Volusia County, Florida, reported today that approximately four shots were fired at the campaign satellite office on Sunday. Local police announced the shooting after a campaign volunteer reported the shooting this morning. While no one was wounded by the shootings, bullets broke through the front windows and damaged drywall inside the office. According to the Orlando Sentinel, South Daytona police captain Mark Cheatham said there were no eyewitnesses. However, surveillance footage is being examine to uncover the culprit or culprits.

The shooting occurred between 4 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday. Other Republican offices have been targeted in recent months. For example, a boulder was thrown through a window at the office of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and an Iowa GOP office was vandalized last week. Last week, suspected homemade bombs were intercepted after being mailed to prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In that case, authorities have arrested a Florida man who had a long criminal record and a previous charge of bomb threats. On Saturday, a lone gunman shot 11 worshippers to death at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. A professed atheist, suspect Robert Bower was critical of President Trump over the president’s policies toward Israel. 

Last Wednesday, Trump called the political violence “despicable.” “In these times we have to unify,” he said. “We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said. On Saturday, Trump deplored the murders in Pittsburgh and called for the death penalty in that case. On Tuesday, Trump will travel to Pittsburgh to meet with survivors and their families. 
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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