Investigation Into Shooting At Home Of State Congressional Candidate

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An FBI investigation is underway into a shooting that took place last month at the North Carolina home of Pat Harrigan, a former Green Beret and Republican candidate for Congress.

In a report on Thursday, WBT News reported that the FBI is involved in the investigation. The FBI could not be reached for comment.

His campaign manager told The Carolina Journal that the suspect shot into the home of Harrigan’s parents in Hickory, where Harrigan’s children were sleeping when the shot entered.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Harrigan said his children often spend the night at their grandparents’ house, but he wasn’t present when the shooting occurred.

Harrigan’s campaign has not confirmed that the FBI is investigating the incident as of Thursday.

In North Carolina’s 14th congressional district, Harrigan is challenging Democrat state Sen. Jeff Jackson.

Harrigan said Thursday that his opponent’s policies have led to “rampant crime, economic ruin, and inflation.”

“My mission is a better economy, less inflation & safe streets. A bullet & death threats aren’t enough to knock this Green Beret off that mission.”

In response to the tweet, Jackson’s campaign pulled a political ad from WCCB-TV and other local stations. The ad featured Harrigan’s own house instead of his parents’ home, where the shooting occurred.

A statement released by Campaign Spokesperson Tommy Cromie to WCCB-TV said, “We fully support law enforcement as they investigate this incident and believe any wrongdoing should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Team Jackson pulled its ad out of caution and concern, but to be clear, the home involved in the incident has never been featured in our advertising.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Harrigan’s campaign said that he had received death threats and started wearing a bulletproof vest to campaign events.

The shooting came amid heightened concerns about the security of politicians. On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, issued an intelligence bulletin warning that violence was on the rise against political candidates, election officials, and the public.

Those warnings were underscored by a violent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband Friday morning.

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