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Posted on 02/11/2013 8:41:23 PM PST by brityank
3 Dead, 2 Officers Wounded In Delaware Courthouse ShootingFebruary 11, 2013 5:30 PM
WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) According to the Delaware State Police, three people were killed, including the suspected gunman, after a gunfight erupted inside the lobby of the New Castle County Courthouse Monday morning. Two Capitol police officers were wounded during the shootout.
The shooting happened at about 8 a.m. Monday at the Courthouse building in the 500 block of N. King Street.
According to investigators, the alleged gunman, approximately 50-60 years of age, entered the lobby of the courthouse, pulled out a gun and opened fire targeting his victim.
According to police, a woman and a second unidentified female were shot and killed by the gunman. Williams says the suspected gunman was then killed.
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Although the motive for the shooting remains under investigation, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said during an afternoon news conference that it was not a random act and according to preliminary information, appears to have been the result of a custody dispute that has lasted in the courts for several years.
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I really am starting to think that Obama has put something in the water supply.
Ah a custody dispute. He killed the wrong people.
I would think that if he killed himself, it would be reported.
My guess is that this was prevented from becoming a mass shooting because of the on-site presence of good guys with guns.
That fact doesn't advance gun confiscation efforts, so it's not reported.
No, I think you are wrong. The police say (and I quite well believe) the victim(s) were targeted. The shooter clearly must have expected to be in a firefight with the metal detector Capitol Police who man the metal detector machine, but otherwise, this was a target-enriched zone at that moment. He shot at no bystanders, apparently.
From what I gathered, the perp was a convicted felon just released last year from prison. How did he get a gun?
The son (ex-husband) and his mother had kidnapped the three girls while they were in joint custody with the wife and took them to Central America. He had also taken out a fraudulent home equity loan just prior to that. He was captured, the girls were returned to their mother and he went to jail. He was released in September.
He (son) owed back child support - that is what the hearing was about yesterday.
His father did the shooting.
Thank you. I have been so busy researching and following the Benghazi debacle that it’s hard to keep up with so many other things. I appreciate the info.
Obviously, the solution to this type of problem is to make court houses into “gun free zones”.
Undeclared possession prior to imprisonment, or private source after, like anywhere else in the US. I suppose.
I have to say that in Delaware, private sales do not require a background check, nor are they recorded. I am not sure what the burden of the seller is. I'll check the state code on this. But, of course, a felon here as anywhere is a person prohibited from even touching guns or ammunition whatsoever. FWIW.
Concealed carry is by application to and approval by Superior Court with background check, references by five registered clean adult voters, and a prescribed course of instruction, and advertisement to the general public.
Obviously, the perpetrator must have carried the gun concealed up to the point of use. And also, unsaid but obvious, any law-abiding citizen intending to enter that building must be metal-free -- not even a pocket knife or pointed instrument other than a writing utensil.
So the general areas about the entrances to the building are inherently target-enriched zones. My guess is that this is probably the only location where the perpetrator would have found his ex-wife unweaponized and able to be approached by him. Apparently he had no workable exit strategy. However, it is clear that he could not have been intending a rampage on others.
>>David T. Matusiewicz, the former optometrist and convicted kidnapper whose ex-wife was killed Monday by his father at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, is in federal custody after being questioned by state troopers in connection with the shooting, state police said this morning.
>>Matusiewicz, 45, faces a hearing today in federal court for an unspecificed violation related to his 2009 probation on federal kidnapping and bank fraud charges. Matusiewicz has been free on probation since last year after serving more than three years in federal prison for taking his three younger daughters to Central America for nearly 19 months, and for defrauding Wilmington Savings Fund Society out of $249,000 before he fled.
State police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said David Matusiewicz was taken into custody inside the courthouse after Mondays shooting. He has not been charged in connection with the shooting but the incident remains under investigation, Shavack said.
On Monday, his father Thomas S. Matusiewicz, 68, gunned down Davids ex-wife Christine Belford and her friend Laura Mulford in an 8 a.m. attack in the courthouse lobby, according to police. He also shot two Capitol Police officers, and was killed when they returned fire.
Matusiewicz and Belford had a hearing scheduled for Monday about his child support payments, law enforcement and legal sources said.
Many thanks for the update, and the link into Delaware Online. Seems that is a really screwed up family she got entangled with. I do have to wonder just how much the legal and administrative justice system aided and abetted the criminal acts. Lawyer’s false innuendo can create massive damage, but are never held to account.
try evil.....just as evil as any islamists....its pure hate and pure self indulgence....