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Police: Shots fired at Trump sign hanging outside Cary home

Posted November 6, 2016

— Cary police were investigating Sunday afternoon after someone fired shots at a Donald Trump campaign sign in front of a home on Morrisville Carpenter Road near the intersection with N.C. Highway 55.

The incident happened late Saturday outside James Powers’ home, and Powers said another Trump sign about 1 mile away was burned during the early-morning hours on Oct. 30.

No injuries were reported, but Powers said about 20 shots were fired at the sign, and some bullets hit the home sometime between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The sign was hanging on the front porch.

Powers said he found the damage to the sign after returning home from dinner with his son, and immediately called Cary police.

"I don't try to speculate on the what-ifs. The good thing is, every bit of this can be replaced. He's safe, I'm safe, but it's disappointing," he said.

Police said the shots likely came from a BB gun or a pellet rifle, but the investigation is ongoing.

According to a police report, damage was also done to a window and glass door, which had a combined value of about $1,500.

Powers said he doesn't think anyone would have any motive to shoot at his home other than the campaign signs on his porch.

"As an American citizen, my right to choose is my right to choose. I've never picked up somebody else's sign, hurt somebody else's sign," he said. "I don't understand why at this election, it has to be so much violence when we're the deplorable."

Powers said he won't take down his Trump sign, and he also said his home isn't the first to have signs damaged.

"This is actually the fourth police report about destruction to Trump signs," he said. "This is where we live. This is where we come for sanctuary. It should be a safe place."


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  • Linda Tally Nov 8, 2016
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    Regardless of whether it was politically motivated, or just a nasty thing to do for some numbskull, I hope they find who did this. I couldn't care less about the political implications, but the act of firing at a yard sign attached to a house where people are living is a reckless piece of behavior that needs to be thwaped.

  • Matt Wood Nov 8, 2016
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    They probably did it to their own sign for the attention. After all, when the church was burned the other day, all the Drumpf supporters on here said they MUST have done it themselves!

  • Michi Gauss Nov 7, 2016
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    It's never as big as one imagines. Men in general, and Trump specifically, exaggerate. "It's Yuuuuge!" Yeah, right.

  • Michi Gauss Nov 7, 2016
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    An angry KKK member since Trump tried to distance his campaign from their endorsement...

  • John Barbara Nov 7, 2016
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    I'm not a registered voter and find both candidates uniquely contemptible and unfit for any government office. That said, if the Democrats don't get their way tomorrow I would expect this trend to snowball. They've spent several election cycles inciting hatred against anyone and everyone that doesn't vote for the Donkey. Obama himself has engaged in that type of hateful rhetoric and has issued a mealy mouthed apology for having done it. It'll be tough to get that genie back in the bottle after all the extreme/ridiculous rhetoric. When radicals "know" their ideology is holy and righteous, well, they see no reason not to smite the evil doers.

    The Democrats posting here do a fine job of rationalizing hatred and violence against their enemies. Get ready for a lot more of that folks.

    Weimar Germany here we come!

  • Hessian Diesel Nov 7, 2016
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    You should learn to read. "Bullets" don't come from BB guns. What really is distrubing is your leftist approval of deadly violence.

  • Linda Tally Nov 7, 2016
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    Trump supporters ARE the violent ones. And they stage fake events...

  • Bobby Broadwell Nov 7, 2016
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    Are you kidding me??? Have you listened to this "man"? This is not a regular or normal election by any stretch. Never have we seen anything like Trump. He has spewed hate against so many different groups of Americans. At his rallies he has called for violence against protest many many times. With his calls to get out of NATO he threatens the national security of other nations from attack by Russia and Putin. He scares the world and when people see a threat to their safety and their children's safety...they tend to get upset.
    BB's shot at an over-sized sign...give me a break!

  • Sean Creasy Nov 7, 2016
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    I'm confused... According to Hillary and all the other Democrats, Trump supporters are supposed to be the "violent" ones.. Somebody must of missed the memo....But then again Trump's supporters didn't firebomb the Republican campaign headquarters last month either did they...

  • Raleigh Rose Nov 7, 2016
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    Glad no one was hurt. Probably a bunch of kids who thought it would be funny. After all, liberals don't have guns, do they?