Owner says pro-Zimmerman message, Obama threat painted on wall - FOX Carolina 21

Owner says pro-Zimmerman message, Obama threat painted on wall

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The message Masters said was painted overnight Wednesday. (Source: Bill Masters) The message Masters said was painted overnight Wednesday. (Source: Bill Masters)
The painted over message on Masters' building. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) The painted over message on Masters' building. (July 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate man said he discovered an anti-Obama and pro-Zimmerman message painted on his building Wednesday morning.

The building's owner, Bill Masters, told FOX Carolina that sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, someone painted the messages on his building.

The building is located along White Horse Road at Highway 183 in Greenville County.

A worker coming to paint another part of the building discovered the graffiti, Masters said. He took photos of the messages then painted over them, Masters said. He said they called deputies who also notified national authorities because of the threat against President Barack Obama.

Masters called the graffiti a, "Racist statement and a crime." He said his building has been the victim of graffiti before, he thinks because of its location with the large exterior wall, it acts like a billboard.

He said the message was upsetting and does not represent the community. Masters also said the building's exterior was just painted and it is currently vacant and for lease.

Greenville County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jonathan Smith said deputies are investigating the incident as a malicious damage case.

Smith said they also passed the information along to the Secret Service's office in Greenville, who will look into the presidential aspect of the case.

Anyone who may have seen someone at the building or has information about the vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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