Shots Fired into Knox Bush/Cheney Headquarters

BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired into Knox Bush/Cheney headquarters (WBIR)

An unknown suspect fired several shots into the Bearden office of the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign Tuesday morning. The headquarters are located at 4618 Kingston Pike, next to Noveau Classics and in the same shopping plaza as Long’s Drugstore. According to Knoxville Police Department officers on the scene Tuesday, it is believed that the two separate shots were fired from a car sometime between 6:30 am and 7:15 am. One shot shattered the glass in the front door and the other cracked the glass in another of the front doors. There were no witnesses to the shooting. A customer at a nearby dry cleaning store noticed that shattered glass on the sidewalk in front of the headquarters and called police.

Volunteers and staffers at the campaign office say they have no clues as to who might have committed the crime. However, they add that the shooting makes them even more enthusiastic and energized about working for their candidates. “If I have to sleep here (at the campaign office) now, that’s what I’ll do,” says volunteer Suzanne Dewar.

In an unexpected twist, a bank directly across the street from the headquarters was robbed just as KPD officers were busy investigating at the scene of the shooting.

Bizarre. One wonders if the events were coincidental or whether the campaign office shoot-up was a diversion in preparation for the robbery.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2004
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  1. John says:

    The vitriol this year is just incredible.

    I doubt that it was a diversion for the bank robbery. If I was going to create a diversion, I’d do it across town not across the street.

  2. BigFire says:

    Naturally, the folks at Democrats Underground will be claiming that this is yet another patented Karl Rove move.

  3. Mike says:

    Dear Bigfire:
    Ixn-ay on the oveR-ay.
    Yours, arlK-ay