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WILMINGTON, Del. — The gunman in a Delaware courthouse shooting that left three dead was the ex-father-in-law of one of the victims, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.
The official, who had been briefed on the situation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the gunman’s identity while the investigation was continuing. The official identified the shooter as 68-year-old Thomas Matusiewicz of Edcouch, Texas.
Matusiewicz was the former father-in-law of Christine Belford, 39, who police said was fatally shot Monday along with neighbor Laura Mulford, 47. Matusiewicz, armed with a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun, exchanged gunfire with police and also died.
Bill Heriot said he was waiting to enter the courthouse Monday morning when he saw a man pull out a pistol and fire a single shot at each of the two women.
After the shooting stopped, Heriot said he knelt down beside the first woman who was shot.
“I turned her over and unbuttoned her coat. I saw a single bullet hole in the center of her chest,” Heriot said. “I held her hand, told her it was going to be all right. Her pupils dilated. She turned pale and passed away.”
Shavack said David Matusiewicz was being questioned and was in custody on a federal probation technicality. He did not provide details.
The identity of the shooter was not immediately clear to officials Monday. Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said he was told a man shot and killed his wife. David Matusiewicz’s sister Amy Gonzalez was in tears when reached at her Texas home Monday and said she did not know who in her family was alive.
David Matusiewicz, a former optometrist pleaded guilty in 2009 to federal fraud and kidnapping charges after fleeing to Central America in a motor home with his three young daughters. Investigators said Matusiewicz, who was released from prison last year, kidnapped the girls after forging his ex-wife’s name on a loan document.
Matusiewicz’s mother, Lenore, the gunman’s wife, pleaded guilty to endangering the girls’ welfare in connection with the kidnapping plot and was sentenced to 18 months.
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