Court officer, gunman killed in Las Vegas shooting

14:37, January 05, 2010      

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Police shot dead a gunman who opened fire in a federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, killing one court officer and wounding a second.


Police tape closes Las Vegas Blvd. near the federal building in Las Vegas, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, killing one court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death.(Xinhua/ AP photo)


Previous reports said at least two guards were wounded in the shooting which occurred in the courthouse's lobby at about 8 a.m. local time.

Authorities confirmed later that one of the victims died in hospital.

The U.S. Marshals Service said the victims included a deputy U.S. marshal and a court security officer. The 48-year-old deputy marshal was hospitalized, and the 65-year-old security officer died.


Police tape blocks off the federal building in Las Vegas, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. A gunman opened fire in the lobby of the federal building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, killing one court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death.(Xinhua/ Reuters photo)


Witnesses said they heard about 30 to 40 gun shots in the shooting.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey said the gunman died across the street shortly after the shootout.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Roxanna Lea Irwin said authorities believe the shooter acted alone.

There was no immediate word on the gunman's identity and motive.


Law enforcement officials investigate a fatal shooting at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in downtown Las Vegas, January 4, 2010.(Xinhua/ Reuters photo)


The building was evacuated and police cordoned off the area for several blocks in a "standard procedure," Dickey said.

Source: Xinhua

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