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Gunman Who Fired Shot Outside Upstate NY Courtroom Is Killed

Posted Feb 8, 2012 12:14 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: A gunman who opened fire near the entrance to city court in Middletown, N.Y., has been shot and killed, according to local news reports.

The Times Herald-Record identifies the slain gunman as Tim Mulqueen, a former Middletown landlord with a grudge against Mayor Joe DeStefano.

MidHudsonNews.com also reports the gunman was killed, though the Associated Press says the shooter was wounded.

Eyewitnesses said the gunman rode his motorcycle to city hall in Middletown at around 9 a.m. and fired his 12-gauge shotgun by the door of Middletown City Court. Court officers by a metal detector outside the court entrance returned fire and killed the suspect, according to the local stories.

One court officer was shot in the arm, suffering a graze wound, the AP report says.

An unidentified sources tells the Times Herald-Record that Mulqueen was arrested last summer after showing up with a machete at the mayor's home. He was also jailed in 2000 for failing to repair a rental property he owned. The mayor has advocated code enforcement to improve the city.

Updated at 12:15 p.m. to include new information from the Times Herald-Record.

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