A former Wheeling police officer reportedly fired up to 30 shots into the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by police.

A witness told MetroNews the gunman used a rifle, reloading at least once, as he fired at the federal building around 2:45 p.m.

No one inside the building was hurt. Authorities said the gunman, identified as Thomas Picard, died at a local hospital. U.S. attorney Bill Ihlenfeld said Picard was a former Wheeling police officer.

Ihlenfeld was in his office when the shooting occurred.

“We were all working and heard gunshots outside the building,” Ihlenfeld told Metronews. “Windows were struck. We have a plan within the office where everyone goes into a safe room away from the windows. We took those steps.”



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