Volusia GOP Chair “Angry” About Shots Fired At Office

By on October 29, 2018 in WNDB News

South Daytona, FL – Punks. Cowards.

Those were just two of the words used by the head of Volusia County’s Republican Party to describe whoever shot four bullets through the front plate glass windows at its main headquarters over the weekend.

The South Daytona Police Department was called to the scene at 2841 South Nova Road today (October 29th) soon after volunteers who went to open the office for the day discovered the damage.

That office is located in a strip mall on the northbound side of Nova, just south of the Reed Canal Road intersection.

No injuries were reported and no one was in the office at the time the shots were fired, according to Volusia GOP Chair Tony Ledbetter.

“I’m angry,” Ledbetter said. “We don’t need this.”

SDPD has yet to comment on the investigation, but Ledbetter tells us the shots were fired sometime between when the office closed around 4 p.m. Sunday (October 28th) and when the volunteers showed up to open around 9:30 this morning.

“I may wind up having armed guards and TV cameras around my place,” Ledbetter added. “I’m not going to tolerate this. We will have cameras in our locations in [2020] if that’s the way they want to play games.”

It’s not clear who “they” are at this point, but Ledbetter is convinced this was politically motivated.

“I know nobody wants to accept the fact, but this was a Democrat that did this,” Ledbetter stated. “They talk about civility on the other side, but then they won’t ever do anything about it.”

Ledbetter also noted that the cops wouldn’t have an easy job finding out who, precisely, was responsible.

“I think this was a random thing. We’ll never know who did it,” Ledbetter noted. “They drove by, shot some bullets at us and there [were] no cameras, so we don’t know. We don’t have any way of knowing who did it.”

Ledbetter vowed that this incident wouldn’t force him to close that office or the party’s other Volusia locations in New Smyrna Beach or DeLand, especially with the midterm election being next week.

The bullets shattered the plate glass window near one of the front doors and put two bullet holes in another. Two of the bullets also went through drywall behind the front counter.

Volunteers are covering the shattered window with plywood until another plate glass window can be installed.

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