House Candidate Drops Ad in North Carolina After Report of Bullet Hole on the Roof
The Democratic candidate in the race for North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District is no longer running ads on his company’s properties in the state, a day after news reports revealed that he was allegedly exposed to a gunshot wound after attending an event on the roof.
Brian Coy, the candidate for North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District, had planned to run ads in the state on his company’s properties for several days while the state’s congressional candidates are facing a backdrop of investigations into whether the properties were used for campaign fundraising.
Coy, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, was attending a fundraiser for the nonprofit Common Good America in Charlotte on Wednesday night when a gunman stormed into the event and fired a gun, wounding him.
In an interview with the Charlotte Observer on Thursday morning, Coy said that he was in a “terrible” state when he had to be rescued from the roof.
“This is horrible,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out what happened. I was on the roof of the building with my brother. I hear two gunshots, I hear screams, then a lot of people are coming in — the fundraiser was in a very safe area, but they have to get out of there. It was a really, really bad situation.”
Coy said he could not recall whether he was on the roof when the shooter began firing, but that he could see people on the ground when he saw them on the roof.
“When the gunshots started and then the police came, I saw people on the ground and it was scary,” he said. “I can’t even say how bad it was. It was bad. You can’t have people shooting up a building like that and not expect people to try to get out of there.”
Coy said he and his brother were in a pickup truck, which had to be evacuated due to a traffic accident on the road.
Coy said the gunman eventually ran away after the gunfire. The North Carolina Police Department said the individual who stormed into the fundraiser was also arrested on multiple charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possessing the gun for unlawful purposes, and attempted murder.
The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Kevin David Williams, who is also the cousin of a woman who lives in the area.