Four people arrested over Barack Obama assasination plot
Four people have been arrested in America over a plot to assassinate Barack Obama.
One of the four arrested told the FBI he planned ‘to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a rifle sighted at 750 yards’.
The suspect, Tharin Gartrell, was arrested on his way to Denver, where the Democratic Party convention is taking place and where Senator Obama will speak later today.
The assassination had been planned for this Thursday when Senator Obama will accept the nomination as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for the American election in November.
Police uncovered two rifles, boxes of ammunition, a rifle scope, a bullet-proof vest and walkie-talkies in a truck that Tharin Gartrell had hired.
The 28-year-old was already wanted on a number of warrants and once arrested led police to a hotel where a second man, Shawn Robert Adolph, tried to jump from a sixth-storey window. Adolph escaped with a broken ankle but was later caught and arrested. The suspect was wearing a swastika, according to reports.
Two others, Nathan Johnson and his girlfriend Natasha Gromek, were also arrested. Reports have surfaced that the men may be connected to the biker group Sons of Silence, who have connections with white supremacists.
A press conference has been called to discuss the incident, however Attorney Troy Eid said he did not believe there was a real threat to Senator Obama.