NCGOP: Shots fired at Republican headquarters in Pamlico County

NCGOP: Shots fired at Republican headquarters in Pamlico County

BAYBORO, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina Republican Party is speaking out about "acts of violence" they say have taken place at county GOP offices in the Tar Heel state.

According to Dave Wickersham, the chairman of the Pamlico County Republican Party, shots have been fired at the county headquarters in Bayboro.

"We have had two separate incidents at our Headquarters over the last three weeks that involved a person or persons shooting an air rifle or BB gun at the front windows," Wickersham said. "No volunteers were in the building at the time of the shootings and no one has been injured."

He said both incidents were reported to the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office. WBTV has reached out to the Sheriff for more information.

"We cannot condemn strongly enough the cowardly action of those responsible and ask that anyone with information about the shootings contact Sheriff Chris Davis," Wickersham continued.

Wickersham said he does not believe any GOP volunteers were in danger from "these sneaky, late night attacks" and said the party is committed to keeping the headquarters open to the public.

"Our volunteers are providing information on voting hours, Republican candidates and handing out yard signs and sample ballots," he said. "We will be taking additional security measures as a result of these unprovoked attacks and hope the person or persons will be found and prosecuted."

WBTV called the Pamlico County Republican Party headquarters Wednesday afternoon and the person who answered the phone called the shooting incidents "inconsequential." He said it left "little nicks in the window" and said they are considering it "random vandalism."

The news of the shootings comes days after the county headquarters in Orange County was firebombed over the weekend.

The "firebombing" happened Sunday and caused campaign signs, supplies and furniture to catch fire before burning itself out. A swastika and "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.

"That's what they do in other countries, not in North Carolina," McCrory said Monday afternoon. "The graffiti is even a type of intimidation that is uncalled for."

McCrory said that disrespect is "not politics," and said the violence takes it to a whole other level.

"The worst I've seen is people tearing down each other's signs or using the middle finger when someone has the wrong bumper sticker that they disagree with - which is bad enough, by the way," he said. "Both parties has its extremists, but this is anarchy [...] This is someone who wants anarchy. And that's not our country and that's not our state."

Monday morning, North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said his email was compromised just hours after after the attack on the Orange County office.

An email was sent Monday morning and appeared to be a document entitled "GOP-financial_Document.pdf" that was located in what appeared to be a Drop Box account.

Several hours later Woodhouse sent an email to the distribution listed with the subject line "WARNING: Do not click 'GOP-Financial_Document'."

Woodhouse said the link was part of a phishing email sent to all of his contacts with a "link to a counterfeit site pretending to be dropbox. I did not send those emails."

"The linked website in the email will try to trick you into putting your email address and password to 'sign in'," he warned recipients. "DO NOT enter your email or password on that counterfeit site (or on any non-verified, non-SSL secured site)."

He then warned anyone who entered a password to change their passwords immediately and "never use that password again, for anything, ever."

Woodhouse said his account has since been secured and apologized for the inconvenience.

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