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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Neighbors Say Las Vegas Court House Shooter was a "Quiet Man" - Video 1/4/10

Here is a video report on the man who opened fire at a Las Vegas Court House yesterday, shooting two officers before he was killed himself. Neighbors said Johnny Lee Wicks was known as "Mr. Johnny," and was a very quiet man. Wicks was apparently distraught over a ruling regarding his Social Security benefits. He killed a security officer and wounded another before being shot and killed himself.

A 66-year-old retiree apparently upset over losing a lawsuit related to his Social Security benefits opened fire in a federal courthouse lobby Monday morning, killing one person and wounding another in a chaotic shootout.

The gunman, identified by law enforcement sources as Johnny Lee Wicks, died from gunshot wounds after fleeing across the street as court officers returned fire.

Stanley W. Cooper, a 72-year-old court security officer, was killed in the minutes-long gun battle. Cooper, a policeman for more than a quarter-century, had been a federal security officer since 1994, said Jeff Carter, a U.S. Marshals Service spokesman.

A wounded deputy U.S. marshal, 48, was in stable condition at a hospital. His name was not released. . . . MORE


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