Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman and Suspect Dead After Shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party has died of wounds suffered from a gunman Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the man suspected of bursting into Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters and shooting party chairman Bill Gwatney has also died.

Police say the suspect burst into the Gwatney's office and fired three shots.

Police Lt. Terry Hastings says authorities chased the suspect into Grant County, south of Little Rock, and that he was fatally wounded during a 30-mile chase.

The FBI says it's assisting the Arkansas state police in the investigation.

Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat who served with Gwatney in the Legislature, had been on a flight to Springdale in northwestern Arkansas.

A spokesman says Beebe returned to the Capitol after hearing about the shooting.

WSFA 12 News will have reaction from an Alabama official who knew Chairman Gwatney tonight on WSFA 12 News.