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Two Federal Agents Shot Inside L.V. Courthouse

Two Federal Agents Shot Inside L.V. Courthouse

Shot of courthouse from Youtube clip.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

January 04, 2010

Update: Court Officer, Perp Killed in Courthouse Shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV – Two federal agents were hurt Monday when a shotgun-toting man opened fire inside a courthouse in downtown Las Vegas.

The gunman fled across the street and was shot in the head and killed.

The large building, which also houses the offices of Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, was being evacuated in case a second shooter on the loose.

“We are clearing the entire building at this time,” FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey.

Officer Involved Shootings

A dramatic video taken by a Las Vegas resident outside the building captured the sound of a lengthy fusillade of bullets that sounded more like a fireworks show than a gunfight.

“Hell of a morning for jury duty,” the cameraman says in a shaky voice. He posted the iPhone video to YouTube.

“I think they got him,” he says after the shooting stops.

The severity of the injuries to the officers was unclear.

Reports varied on whether the victims were US Marshals, FBI agents or security guards. Dickey would not say.

The motive for the 8 a.m. shooting was not known.

“It looks like he went in there and just started unloading, we don’t know,” Las Vegas police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan told The Associated Press.

The courthouse on the famous Las Vegas Boulevard is home to bankruptcy hearings as well as federal criminal proceedings. The nation’s economic woes have hit Las Vegas particularly hard.

The building, which opened in 2004, was one of the first federal buildings designed with new security standards after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

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