Is the motive REALLY unclear?
Probe into Arkansas shooting motive
SEARCY, Arkansas: The sheriff's office says a search of the home of the man who fatally shot the state's Democratic Party chairman turned up 14 guns, ant-idepressants, his last will and testament and a 'Post-It' note that bore his victim's last name and a telephone number.
Police are exploring possible links between gunman Timothy Dale Johnson, 50, and Arkansas Democratic Party chairman Bill Gwatney, 48. Johnson shot Gwatney to death last night and was killed by officers after a 30-minute chase.
Gwatney owned three Little Rock area car dealerships and last night's search of Johnson's home turned up two sets of keys for vehicles from Gwatney car lots.
The guns included a pistol and 13 long guns.
Police sought to uncover what led a gunman to burst into the headquarters of the Arkansas Democratic Party and kill the chairman, a top ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, US media said.
Gwatney was shot multiple times in the upper body and died shortly afterward at the hospital.
He had no criminal record and had reportedly been fired earlier that morning from his job at a Target store.
Police were called to a Target store in Conway after co-workers complained about agitated Johnson who had been fired for writing graffiti on a wall.
Several hours later Johnson walked in the state Democratic Party headquarters and asked for Gwatney. A volunteer said Johnson had indicated he was "interested in volunteering, but that was obviously a lie." Once Gwatney came out to meet him, "they introduced themselves, and then Johnson pulled out a handgun and shot Gwatney several times," said police.
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