Las Vegas resident, Johnny Wicks, apparently disgruntled over the loss of a recent Social Security claim opened fire with a shotgun in a federal courthouse Monday, killing a court security officer and injuring a deputy U.S. marshal, authorities said.
Law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity identified the man as Johnny Wicks, a Las Vegas resident. The FBI said the black-clad man walked into the lobby of the Las Vegas federal courthouse, pulled a shotgun from underneath his jacket and began shooting.
The shootout ended after federal marshals chased Wicks out of the courthouse and across the street, where he was shot and killed. He died among the bushes in front of an old school that once housed a temporary police headquarters.
“There had to be close to 40 gunshots, if not more,” said Troy Saceal, who was parking in a garage near the courthouse when the shooting broke out. “I started seeing officers coming down Las Vegas Boulevard actually shooting, and what looked to me as someone was hit up by the front of the building by gunfire.”
A one-minute, 13-second video clip posted on the Web site YouTube includes at least 45 gunshots, many in rapid succession. Nicholas Gramenos, who recorded the clip, said he was leaving the courthouse when the shooting erupted.
Another witness, Bobby Scottland, told CNN the shots “sounded like popcorn.” He said he passed the suspected gunman shortly before the shooting broke out.
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Footage from near the scene of the shooting:
The person who captured this video says he had just been inside the courthouse to answer a jury summons.