Court Officer, Gunman Killed At Las Vegas Federal Bldg.

Authorities in Las Vegas say a gunman opened fire this morning the lobby of a federal building, killing one court officer and wounding a second before being shot to death.

The gunfire erupted shortly after 8 a.m. and lasted for several minutes. Shots echoed around tall buildings in the area, more than a mile north of the Las Vegas Strip.

An Associated Press reporter on the eighth floor of a high-rise building within sight of the federal building heard more than 20 shots during the sustained barrage of gunfire.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the victims included a deputy U.S. marshal and a court security officer. The 65-year-old security officer died and the 48-year-old deputy marshal was hospitalized.

The FBI says the gunman died across the street shortly after the shootout. His identity and motive aren't known.

Authorities believe the shooter acted alone.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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