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Although the investigation is continuing, the officials said evidence points to Wick’s anger over his benefits case as the motive for the shooting.

Court records show that Wicks sued the Social Security Administration in March 2008, complaining that his Social Security benefits were cut after his move from California to Nevada in January of that year and accusing federal workers of discrimination because he is black, according to the AP.

“This case from the start was about race,” Wicks wrote in the seven-page complaint, which has occasional spelling and grammatical errors, the AP reported.

“Lots of state worker* and agencies have took part in this scam mainly for old blacks who are not well educated,” he wrote.

Wicks claimed the benefits reduction actually began in the state of California, after he had a stroke and wasn’t able to go to government offices to protest an earlier benefit reduction.

He also claimed that Social Security staff called his new landlord in Las Vegas and told her not to help him.

“I didn’t see it or hear it but I know it happen[ed],” Mr. Wicks wrote.

The case was formally dismissed Sept. 9 by U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro in Las Vegas after a hearing Aug. 17 before federal Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr., the AP reported.

In a report released Monday morning, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine was critical of the protection afforded federal judges and prosecutors.

He said his office found “deficiencies in several critical areas,” including the fact that when threats were reported the Marshals Service did not consistently coordinate a response with local police — and in many cases did not record ever having notified the FBI of the threats.

Mr. Fine said as many as 25 percent of the threats were not reported and, according to the Marshals Service’s own threat database, there was no record of the FBI having been notified in 40 percent of the threats. He also said that prosecutors and judges did not “consistently and promptly report threats” they had received.

The federal court system has more than 2,000 judges and more than 5,000 prosecutors.

Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican, told reporters that it appeared the gunman had acted alone and the shooting was not a terrorist act.

“Bottom line is, he didn’t get past security,” Mr. Ensign said.

According to the IG’s report, between 2003 and 2008, the number of threats and inappropriate communications jumped from 592 to 1,278. The government defines “inappropriate communications” as messages that aren’t explicitly threatening but worrisome enough to require further investigation.

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