March 25, 2010
Republican Rep. Eric Cantor's Richmond campaign office was shot at early Tuesday morning, Fox News has learned, the latest in a rash of apparent threats and acts of intimidation against members of Congress.
A preliminary investigation shows that a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, landing on the floor about a foot from the window. The round struck with enough force to break the windowpane but did not penetrate the window blinds. There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman.
Most of the threats to members of Congress so far have been reported by Democrats, but Cantor -- the No. 2 Republican in the House -- is one of about 10 lawmakers who has asked for increased security protection, Fox News has learned. As a member of the House leadership, U.S. Capitol Police already provide Cantor with a security detail around the clock, but he has asked for more security.
As House Republican whip, Cantor is the highest elected Jewish politician in the country.
The Department of Homeland Security is involved in the Cantor case because he is a member of the House leadership.