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Gunman killed after opening fire in Middletown, N.Y., courthouse

February 8, 2012 | 12:02 pm
Photo: A person injured in a courthouse shooting is moved into an ambulance by emergency responders in the New York town of Middletown. The gunman was killed. Credit: Steve Borland / Times Herald-RecordA gunman opened fire inside the Middletown, N.Y., courthouse Wednesday, injuring a court officer before being shot to death by another officer.

Local news reports said the gunman had a grudge against the mayor of the small Hudson Valley city, Joseph DeStefano, and had been arrested last year after showing up at the mayor's home with a machete. He was identified as Tim Mulqueen, a former landlord apparently angry over DeStefano's crackdown on code enforcement and rental properties.

The shooting threw the downtown area into chaos. Witnesses said the incident began about 9 a.m. when a man wearing a scarf over his face and a hooded jacket parked a dirt bike outside the complex housing the courts and municipal offices and marched up the stairs holding a shotgun.

He took aim at two court officers, hitting one in the arm before the other officer shot back. Some workers dove under their desks as the shots rang out. The gunman, who the Associated Press said was 43 years old, died later in a hospital.

Middletown, a city of 28,000 people, is about 70 miles northwest of New York City.

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Photo: A person injured in a courthouse shooting is moved into an ambulance by emergency responders in the New York town of Middletown. The gunman was killed. Credit: Steve Borland / Times Herald-Record

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