Yes, the executive director of the Colorado Corrections Department was shot dead at his front door last night at 8:30 p.m., less than 13 hours before the governor of Colorado signed into law some of the most sweeping gun-control legislation since the Newtown massacre. But before this still-cold case turns into hot speculation of a prison "beef" gone Breaking Bad, remember the two big things we know so far: If this was indeed a hit on the 58-year-old Tom Clements (pictured at right), it's either because he made serious enemies seriously fast during his two years in Colorado, or because someone from his 31 years in Missouri's Department of Corrections came a long way to hunt him down.
To be sure, Clements's murder does not seem random. Authorities have initially concluded that robbery was not a motive, reports the Denver Post, and no one else in Clements's family was harmed. According to local news reports, Clements answered his front door and no one has a good description on a suspect yet; there's already been a "vehicle of interest" identified by investigators, but there seem to be few political motives apparent — Clements was opposed to the death penalty.