Courthouse killings dominate day filled with news about guns

Courthouse Shots FiredAn officer with the Delaware State Police SWAT team checks IDs at the scene after a shooting incident left three people dead and two police officers wounded Monday at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Courthouse Shots FiredDelaware State Police have now identified the two victims killed Monday’s horrific courthouse shooting as 39-year-old Christine Belford, who has been involved in a bitter custody dispute, and her friend 47-year-old Laura Mulford, both of Newark, Delaware, according to

The gunman has been identified by the law enforcement official as 68-year-old Thomas Matusiewicz, according to CBS3., the father of Belford’s second husband.

CBS3 also has an interview with Belford’s first husband William Moffa, who says that she was fearful of going to court yesterday.

Courthouse Shots FiredThe incident was the latest of 78 courthouse attacks between 2000 and 2009, according to In the last three years, there were 38.

Police can be heard responding to the Wilmington shooting on radio communications captured by

Also on Monday, police recovered a .357 Magnum from a 7-year-old at a Philadelphia elementary school, just blocks from a gun safety roundtable led by Vice President Joe Biden a few hours later.

Across Philadelphia, four more people were shot in separate incidents on Sunday and Monday.

Courthouse Shots FiredLarge tarps were hung block the view of victims in the security screening area at the News Castle County Courthouse as officials investigated Monday’s shooting. Photograph by Joseph Kaczmarek.


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