A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas today, killing a court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death. The victims included a 65-year-old court security officer, who was killed, and a 48-year-old deputy US marshal, who is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Gunfire erupted moments after 8am at the start of the workweek and lasted several minutes. Shots echoed around tall buildings in the area, more than a mile north of the Las Vegas Strip.
The identity and motive of the gunman, who died across the street shortly after the shootout, were not immediately known. "It looks like he went in there and just started unloading," said a police department spokeswoman. Authorities believe the shooter acted alone. The Lloyd D. George US Courthouse and Federal Building holds federal courts and offices of federal officials, including Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign. Neither was in the building at the time.