November 5, 2022

USA: Gunman Opens Fire At North Carolina Republican Congressional Candidate's Parent's Home Where Democrat Rival Filmed Campaign Ad With Bullet Landing Close To Where His Daughters Slept

WCNC (North Carolina local news) published November 4, 2022: Shot fired at family home of North Carolina US House candidate. A recent shooting at the Hickory, North Carolina, residence of GOP congressional candidate Pat Harrigan’s parents, who were watching his young children, caused no injuries but has placed “tremendous stress” on the family in the final weeks of his campaign, Harrigan’s mother said.

At an early voting site four days before Election Day, Harrigan told WCNC's Jane Monreal, "They heard a crack, which was the bullet entering through a window of their home. And my kids were sleeping about 20 feet away."
The Daily Mail, UK
written by Alex Hammer
Thursday November 3, 2022

The FBI have launched an investigation after a gunman shot into the North Carolina home of relatives of a Republican running for Congress - with the bullet landing just feet away from where the candidate's children had been sleeping.

The shooting transpired on October 18 in Hickory at a home belonging to Republican Pat Harrigan's parents, as he fights for an open seat in the famously liberal 14th Congressional District, in a contentious race.

The congressional candidate's daughters, aged 3 and 5, were asleep in the bedroom directly above the room where the shooting occurred, with the bullet coming from a densely wooded area behind the house, piercing a window but not waking the girls.

Harrigan, a firearms manufacturer and former Green Beret, has since come forward to assert he would not be intimidated by the shooting, and that 'death threats aren't enough to knock this Green Beret off that mission.'

Because of these threats - which has spurred the ex-soldier to don bulletproof vests to campaign events - the family said the two girls had been living with their grandparents for much of the campaign cycle.

They have since been relocated out of state - while Harrigan, who was not at the residence during the incident, has revealed he owns a property near the home where the shooting occurred. No injuries were reported.

His opponent, meanwhile, Democrat Jeff Jackson, has been forced to pull an ad filmed outside his opponent's lakeside home criticizing his gun manufacturing business, as well as his ownership of a ritzy home in a neighborhood outside the confines of the 14th Congressional District.

The ad shows a man on a jet ski as a narrator tells listeners Harrigan 'made a fortune' off tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Shooting, and bought a lake house. It then shows an image of Harrigan's home, which is not far from that of his parents. It was released on the day of the shooting - and spurred an angry open letter from Harrigan to Jackson just a week later.

An investigation has been underway since, but cops and federal agents have failed to make an arrest. The shooting comes amid heightened concerns for the security of politicians ahead of next week's Midterms, following Friday's attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 82-year-old husband at their San Francisco home.

Harrigan's mother, Marla Harrigan, 74, told The Associated Press Thursday that she and her husband James Harrigan were sitting down in their living room when the bullet entered the residence, shattering their laundry room window in the process.

The grandmother said the children were asleep in the bedroom directly above the room where the shooting occurred, but remained asleep despite the commotion.

The couple would then quickly call local police, who descended on residence in full, confirming in a report that the incident did involve a firearm before calling in the FBI.

According to Marla, the kids had have since been relocated out-of-state 'out of an abundance of caution after the shooting,' she said, with her Army veteran son now urging them to leave town as well.

Harrigan is running against Jackson, a former fellow soldier who served in the Army Reserve, for an open seat in the state's new 14th Congressional District, which is notoriously left-leaning.

As a result, Harrigan - a political newcomer who was deployed to Afghanistan at 23 years old in 2010 - has reportedly received a slew of threats during his campaign, which seemingly culminated with last month's shooting.

Marla Harrigan told the AP of the pressure this has put on the Army vet, whose life has been uprooted now that his family has been split up and his girls whisked off.

'It's just disconcerting, especially with the children there,' said Marla, before detailing the tension that has been thrust on the now- fractured family.

'This campaign is so stressful, and we feel so badly for our son because, you know, he's terribly stressed about his children.

'And now they're gone, they're not with their parents - and it's just very, very disruptive.'

Jackson's office, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the prospect that his ad could have helped a potential attacker locate his political rivals' parents home, which Harrigan has confirmed is near where the shooting took place.

The ad shows a man on a jet ski, meant to represent Harrigan, engaging in a joyride in the bay at the backside of the Republican's sprawling estate.

A narrator goes on to assert that the former soldier used supposed blood money profited off of his gun manufacturing business to buy the scenic lake house. It goes on to shows an image of the home - something Harrigan a week later would slam as going 'too far' - potentially putting him and his family at risk.

The concerns were aired in an impassioned open letter addressed to his opponent on October 25 - a week after the incident - in which the father-of-two wrote that 'targeting family domiciles crosses a line.'

'As I travel, wherever my family is located, they are significantly less safe with me in this race,' Harrigan wrote, not revealing that the shooting had transpired, but saying he had received 'credible death threats.'

'And they are even less safe now that you've shown one of my homes to the world.'

Harrigan went on to slam the ad as an unfounded 'hit piece' - but still did not divulge what his family had already been subjected to.

Despite the public plea, the ad remained in syndication - until news of the shooting and officials' subsequent investigation was made public on Thursday.

At that point addressing the incident in statement, Harrigan, in true military fashion, declared that he would not be deterred by the shooting, and that he would continue his campaign while speaking out against his opponent's progressive policies, which he said have led to 'rising inflation, economic ruin, & rampant crime—including political violence.'

'I'm focused on fixing the economy, lowering prices and keeping our streets safe,' Harrigan said. 'And it'll take more than a bullet and death threats to knock this Green Beret off that mission.'

A spokesperson for the Hickory Police Department told the force has yet to make any arrests in connection to the incident, and that the investigation is currently being headed by the FBI.

Jordan Shaw, spokesperson for the Harrigan campaign, said the Republican candidate has handed over numerous death threats received before the incident to aid officials' investigation.

The investigators tasked with overseeing the incident could not immediately be reached for comment. The probe is being handled jointly between local, state, and federal officials.

The FBI, meanwhile, are testing ballistics of a bullet that went through the window, with photos shared by Carrigan's office this week showing a pronounced bullethole on the domicile.

Last month Harrigan first aired claims that the race had become so heated that he wears a bulletproof vest to campaign events and had received death threats.

Jackson, meanwhile, has questioned Harrigan’s voter registration, citing how the Republican owns a home in Hickory and rents an apartment in Charlotte. Harrigan is registered to vote in Charlotte, but Jackson has demanded an investigation about whether he is legally registered there.

Both candidates claim to be more interested in issues than in baseless attacks - but despite their shared service record, the two have vastly differing plans as to prospective policies if elected come Election Day.

Harrigan has said he is dead-set on fighting inflation and economic issues, while Jackson, markedly more progressive, has said his opponent is more focused on attacking him politically - likely spurring the since-pulled ad. The ad was pulled from syndication on Thursday, WBTV reported - likely hours after the shooting was announced.

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