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Congressional candidate says man tried to shoot him

Posted February 1, 2010

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— A Warren County man who plans to challenge Congressman G.K. Butterfield for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District said Monday that he narrowly avoided being shot last week.

360 Barber Shop in Durham Politician says he escaped assassination attempt

Chad Larkins, a contractor from Macon, said he was working at a coat drive for senior citizens at about 7:45 p.m. Friday at 360 Barber Shop, at 1103 S. Roxboro St. in Durham, when a man he described as "unassuming" started asking him about his political platform.

Larkins said the man became agitated during the conversation and threatened him.

"The man told me he had been waiting for me in the grassy knoll, and he was going to assassinate me like Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy," Larkins said.

The man pulled out a gun and pointed it at Larkins, but an unidentified bystander grabbed the man's arm, Larkins said.

"Although I was shaken, I was not shot. God was on my side," he said.

Larkins didn't report the encounter to police for more than four hours. The reason for the delay was unclear Monday, and the police report about the incident provided little additional detail.

The gunman fled the scene, and no description of him was released.

Police haven't identified a suspect in the case, which remains under investigation.


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  • concerncitizen Feb 2, 2010

    He should fit right in, a lair, but not a very good one?

  • archmaker Feb 1, 2010

    this sounds a lot like the woman from garner who was 'kidnapped' anyone ever hear if the police found that man?

  • DrJ Feb 1, 2010

    This happened at a coat drive, and he, nor anyone else reported it to the police for 4 hours? Not one person pulled out a cell phone and dialed 911? Wow.

  • workingforthosethatwont Feb 1, 2010

    this story smells like fish. he's just looking for some face time in the news. I smell trouble way too early in his political career making decisions like this.

  • lapj Feb 1, 2010

    sounds like a publicity stunt to me, but I don't think it's very good publicity when it makes people question your honesty and/or motivation

  • dwntwnboy Feb 1, 2010

    No description, no call to police for FOUR HOURS!! Sounds fishy to me- anyone that can't call the cops when SHOT at is way too stupid for any elected office....but that is just MY opinion.

  • timanddarlene Feb 1, 2010

    This story sold very fishy.