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No one was injured in a shooting at the family home of House candidate Pat Harrigan in North Carolina last month, police said.

No one was injured in a shooting at the family home of House candidate Pat Harrigan in North Carolina last month, police said.



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At least one shot was fired into the home of the parents of a North Carolina House candidate last month, injuring no one, according to police and the candidate, who mentioned the incident on Twitter Thursday.

The shooting happened at the home of the parents of Pat Harrigan, a Republican and the owner of a firearms company is running for North Carolina the newly drawn seat of the 14th District against state Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat.

On Oct. 18, shots were fired at the Harrigan family’s home in Hickory, North Carolina, according to a Hickory police report. The shooting, which damaged a laundry room window, was reported to police the next morning, according to the report.

The home belongs to Harrigan’s parents, and Harrigan’s children were inside at the time, he said Carolina Journal report that Harrigan linked to tweet Thursday.

The Hickory police report did not reveal anything else and did not say anything about a motive or whether investigators have identified a suspect. Hickory police declined to comment further.

Although police did not mention a motive, Harrigan’s tweet appeared to refer to the shooting as “political violence.”

In a tweet linked to the Carolina Journal’s report on the shooting, Harrigan wrote that his opponent’s policies lead to “rampant crime — including political violence.”

“My mission is a better economy, less inflation and safe streets. A bullet and death threats are not enough to get this Green Beret off that mission,” said the US Army Special Forces veteran. tweet reads.

Emails and calls to CNN seeking comment from his representatives on Thursday and Friday went unanswered.

A representative for Jackson pointed CNN to several Twitter posts in which Jackson addressed the issue on Friday.

“Yesterday I learned about the event that happened three weeks ago. It appears that someone – who has yet to be identified – fired a shot into my opponent’s parents’ house,” one of Jackson’s posts reads. “It was absolutely an act of violence and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”

When asked if the FBI was investigating the shooting, the FBI’s Charlotte office said the bureau could not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Reports of the shooting come amid a tense political environment in the US ahead of Tuesday’s general election – a tension that has been heightened by last week’s attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband. In that attack, a man is accused of breaking into a San Francisco couple’s home on Oct. 28 and assaulting Paul Pelosi, leaving him with injuries that included a fractured skull.

There was also a man from Chicago in recent days charged with violent threats against the Republican candidate for governor of Illinois.





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