UPDATED: Wilmington, Del. Courthouse Gunman Shoots Four


Provoked by a long custody battle, a gunman entered the courthouse in Wilmington, Del., this morning and opened fire, killing two women and injuring two officers.

The shooter came into the lobby of the New Castle County Courthouse at 500 N. King Street at 8:00 a.m.  while people were lined up waiting to get into the courthouse. After a subsequent shootout with police, he was found dead.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said the shooting was not a random act of violence, but rather "a result of a custody dispute that lasted in our court system for several years." State police are not releasing the gunman's identity or the identities of the victims until they've been able to notify family members.


A gunman entered the lobby of the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Del., at 8:00 a.m.  Monday and opened fire, striking four people before being shot by Capitol Police.

Among those dead is the shooter's wife.

The shooting took place inside the courthouse, located at  500 N. King Street.  Upon reports of the incident, police closed surrounding streets and nearby schools went on lockdown. While inside, visitors and courthouse employees ran for cover.

"I saw the gentleman and a bunch of ladies and people running out of the court building and I just hear all the bam, bam, bam, so I ran too," said Irvin Neal who was on his way into the courthouse.

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