WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities in Wilmington, Del., say three people are dead -- including the shooter -- after a gunman opened fire this morning in a courthouse lobby.
The man exchanged shots with police just as the building was opening to the public for the day.
State police say the gunman and two women are dead. Wilmington's mayor said one of the women who died was the estranged wife of the shooter -- but police say they haven't confirmed that was the case.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says the shooting was the result of a custody dispute.
One man who was entering the courthouse to report for jury duty says it appeared that the shooter deliberately targeted the two women who were shot as they stood in the middle of the lobby. Chick Chinski said he had earlier shared an elevator with the gunman and others from the parking garage. He says the gunman was quiet and did not appear agitated.
219-a-09-(Jose Beltran, courthouse worker, in AP interview)-"more more shots"-Jose Beltran, who works in the courthouse, says he ran as soon as he heard the first shots fired. ((note audio quality)) (11 Feb 2013)
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220-a-07-(Jose Beltran, courthouse worker, in AP interview)-"in the building"-Jose Beltran, who works in the courthouse, says he warned others who were arriving to turn around. ((note audio quality)) (11 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO GFX394: Map locates Wilmington, Del., site of a courthouse shooting (11 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO DEWIL111: Police confer outside the New Castle County Courthouse, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2013, in Wilmington, 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) PHILADELPHIA TV OUT AND PHILADELPHIA ONLINE SITES OUT (11 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO DEJK110: Law enforcement officials and investigators gather outside the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Del. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, after three people died Monday morning in a shooting at a courthouse, including the shooter, authorities said. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) (11 Feb 2013)
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