Excerpted from “Richmond Police Statement On Cantor Office Vandalism
, March 25, 2010, 3:23PM
The Richmond Police Department released the following statement Thursday, along with this incident report:
Richmond Police Investigate Cantor Building Vandalism
March 25, 2010
The Richmond Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism at the Reagan Building, 25 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia. A first floor window was struck by a bullet at approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The building, which has several tenants including an office used by Congressman Eric Cantor, was unoccupied at the time.
A Richmond Police detective was assigned to the case. A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window. The round struck with enough force to break the windowpane but did not penetrate the window blinds.
There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman.
The Richmond Police Department is sharing information about the incident with appropriate law enforcement agencies.
At this time there are no suspects.
“I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Arrow and the Song”
While I am doubtful that this is a case of political violence, I will repeat my opinion that political violence whether conservative or liberal or otherwise in orientation redounds to the great discredit of the perpetrator's purpose.