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Ventura County deputies search for gunman in juvenile courthouse shooting

October 19, 2009 |  1:09 pm

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a gunman in his 40s who fired four shots at a juvenile courthouse near Oxnard and then fled on foot.

Witnesses said the man was wearing a gray San Diego Chargers sweatshirt and dark pants when he fired the shots shortly after 9 a.m. He initially fired twice near an entrance to the building on Vineyard Avenue, said Sgt. Dave Murray of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

One shot hit a safety-glass partition inside the courthouse, but no one was hurt, Murray said. Deputies were unsure if the man was inside the courthouse when he began shooting, he said.

Investigators believe the gunman fired about two more times before fleeing on foot, Murray said.

The courthouse, a juvenile detention center and a nearby high school were locked down.

"The motive is certainly unclear," Murray said.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

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