Obama rally attendees have tires slashed

Authorities say someone slashed tires on at least 30 parked vehicles while their owners were attending a Barack Obama rally in Fayetteville.

The tires were cut Sunday outside Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

Cumberland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Smith said there were no suspects, but the case still was being investigated.

Campaign representatives for Obama and Republican opponent John McCain said they weren't aware of the incident.

Lynne Steenstra said it cost $120 to get her van towed and repaired. Steenstra said she was concerned that the slashing might be a scare tactic to harass Obama supporters.

“It hasn't deterred us one bit,” Steenstra said. “It has only encouraged us more. I just hope whoever did this pays the price.”

Sarah Revis lives on Wilkes Road where most of the tires were slashed and said she saw a single mother and a toddler stranded.

“This is an embarrassment to this city and to me as a citizen,” Revis said.

Earlier in the day, the newspaper said, Obama visited a local restaurant where one patron shouted “Socialist! Socialist! Get out of here!”

Other patrons clapped and Obama shook hands before leaving to attend the rally.