February 11, 2013

3 dead in courthouse shooting in Delaware

The Associated Press

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Heavily armed police enter the New Castle County Courthouse, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2013 in Wilmington, Del. The mayor of Wilmington, Del., says a man suspected of killing his wife and wounding two others at the New Castle County Courthouse has been killed by police. (AP Photo/The News Journal/William Bretzger)

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Police cars fill the street outside the New Castle County Courthouse, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2013 in WiIlmington, Del. , after a man killed his estranged wife and two others at the courthouse. The mayor of Wilmington says police have killed the gunman. (AP Photo/The News Journal/William Bretzger)

Authorities said Monday evening that autopsies had been completed on the two female victims, but they were withholding their names while family members were notified.

After the shooting, police searched the courthouse room by room as a precaution. Streets around the courthouse remained cordoned off Monday night. Officials said the courthouse would remain closed Tuesday while repairs were made and authorities continued their investigation.

Diana Dorn, who lives right behind the courthouse, said she heard the shooting from her bedroom window.

"You could hear it really clear. It was like pow, pow, pow, pow," she said. "That's normal in my neighborhood with the drug dealers and everything."

In response to the shooting, Democratic Gov. Jack Markell's office said he would return early from a trade mission to India.

"While this shooting is notable for the fact that it took place inside a state courthouse, there are some aspects of this incident that are, unfortunately, all too common," Markell said in a statement. "I am saddened that two more brave members of our law enforcement community have been injured in the line of duty. I am also saddened that this appears to be another example of a domestic situation that turned deadly."

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