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Congressman Tim Griffin tweets political attack through Capitol Hill shooting

Timothy Griffin, a republican Congressman from Arkansas' Second Congressional District, made waves Thursday by tweeting finger-pointing comments about democratic leaders within two minutes of his tweet about a shooting on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Timothy Griffin's apology via Twitter. Congressman Timothy Griffin's apology via Twitter.

Timothy Griffin, a republican Congressman from Arkansas' Second Congressional District, made waves Thursday by tweeting finger-pointing comments about democratic leaders within two minutes of his tweet about a shooting on Capitol Hill.

Griffin, who has just shy of 3,000 followers, tweeted about gunshots on Capitol Hill just as the news broke after 2 p.m. At least one person was injured in the shooting, which is still very much a developing situation. Less than two minutes later, Griffin tweeted again — this time, an aggressive comment towards President Obama, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chich Schumer.

"Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. #Disgusting," Griffin's tweet read.

Within seconds, followers angrily responded, accusing Griffin of having mixed-up priorities and a lack of sensitivity. Griffin went on tweeting updates about the shooting, and defended his remarks, saying he had been making similar comments all week. [embedgallery id=230463]

Minutes later, Griffin was already tweeting an apology: "The shooting today is a terrible and inexcusable tragedy and an act of terroism. No one but the shooter is to blame. I tweeted out of emotion but agree that the timing was not helpful."

His original tweet attacking Obama, Pelosi and Schumer has since been deleted. Here's how the tweets unfolded:

 
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