Man points gun at protesters outside GOP candidate's rally

Police are investigating a confrontation in which a man pointed a gun toward protesters outside a campaign rally for a Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Police are investigating a confrontation in which a man pointed a gun toward protesters outside a campaign rally for a Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware.

Lauren Witzke, the Republican challenger to Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, said she saw a video of Thursday's incident and denounced the behavior of the armed man, whom she identified as one of her supporters.

Delaware State Police Cpl. Jason Hatchell told the News Journal that troopers monitoring the rally were about a block away when the incident occurred outside the state Republican Party's headquarters.

“In this particular case, once troopers were notified of the incident, they responded to contact the suspect, but he had fled the area,” Hatchell said. The incident remains under investigation, he said.

Protest organizer Kristina Kelly said police were slow to react.

“I have never in my lifetime been met with violence and especially with guns being pointed at me for voicing my opinion,” Kelly said.

Witzke told The Associated Press in January that she had stopped promoting QAnon months earlier.