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Party Chairman Dean Reacts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean says the party's thoughts and prayers are with the head of the Arkansas Democratic Party.

Chairman Bill Gwatney has been hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting at party headquarters Wednesday.

Dean said, "This senseless tragedy comes as a shock to all of us. We pray for his full and speedy recovery."

Authorities say a gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters, asked to speak to the state party chairman and fired three shots.

Police apprehended the suspect after a chase.

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