TIME 2016 Election

Police Want to Arrest the Man Who Punched a Protester at a Donald Trump Rally

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cheer as he speaks during a rally, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Evan Vucci—AP Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cheer as he speaks during a rally in Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 12, 2016.

The woman was taunting Trump supporters when she was "cold-cocked"

Police in North Carolina have issued an arrest warrant in the case of an 69-year-old woman who was assaulted outside a Donald Trump rally.

Shirley Teter, the woman who was punched, told local ABC affiliate WLOS that she was protesting outside the rally Monday and was taunting a Trump supporter, when a man “stopped in his tracks, and he turned around and just cold-cocked me.” Teter fell on an oxygen tank that she carries in her backpack and was taken to the hospital for sore ribs, a sore jaw and a scrape on her elbow.

Tensions were high between protesters and supporters, as the Republican presidential nominee’s speech was interrupted several times during the event, the Washington Post reports. Some 7,000 people attended the rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, and there were protests inside and out of the venue, which resulted in some five arrests in connection with scuffles at the Monday night rally.

North Carolina is expected to be a highly contested state this November. The state went for Barack Obama in 2008 before voting for Mitt Romney in 2012.

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