Man Wounded After Firing Shotgun At NY Courthouse

Published February 8, 2012 5:18PM (EST)

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A man who fired a shotgun at an upstate New York courthouse has been wounded by a court officer.

Middletown police say the gunman went to the vestibule at City Court at about 9 a.m. Wednesday and shot at the security officers. They returned fire, hitting him at least once.

Police say they believe the man acted alone. They haven't released a possible motive.

A spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration tells The Associated Press that the man was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. He says a court officer suffered a graze wound to one of his arms.

The spokesman says two officers were taken to a hospital for treatment of nonphysical trauma.

The gunman was also taken to a hospital. Authorities haven't released his name and condition.

By Salon Staff

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