The New Castle County Courthouse will be closed for business tomorrow, February 12, 2013. In view of the need to complete the investigation of the sad events that transpired today, to repair the facility, to allow the Capitol Police to prepare for reopening, and to otherwise ensure that the Courthouse can function at full efficiency, it would be imprudent to open tomorrow. The goal is to open for business on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. All other courthouses will be open for business as usual tomorrow.
"The violence today has saddened and horrified all of us. I know I can speak for our entire judiciary in thanking the Capitol Police for risking their lives to protect as many of our citizens and employees as they could. Right now, the interests of justice require that we allow law enforcement and the Department of Justice to do their jobs and to have complete control and access to the Courthouse tomorrow. We also want to make sure that the needs of our employees, jurors and witnesses who were present in the Courthouse are met," Chief Justice Myron T. Steele stated.
"Today's tragic attack was not a random act of violence, but rather the result of a longstanding child custody dispute that has lasted in the Delaware Courts for several years. Thanks to the bravery of the Capitol Police officers who responded, and were wounded in the process, a greater tragedy was averted. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this crime and their families." Attorney General Biden states.
"First, I want to express my deepest condolences to the victims of this shooting. Second, I want to express my appreciation to all of those from the law enforcement community who have been working so hard today. A short while ago, I spoke with each of the Capitol Police officers who were shot. I thank God that they are both doing OK. I let them know how grateful we are for that and how much we appreciate their outstanding service to the citizens of our state. I have also spoken today with Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Schiliro, State Police Superintendent McQueen, and Capitol Police Chief Jopp. I am grateful to them and their personnel for all they are doing. While this shooting is notable for the fact that it took place inside a state courthouse, there are some aspects of this incident that are, unfortunately, all too common. I am saddened that two more brave members of our law enforcement community have been injured in the line of duty. I am also saddened that this appears to be another example of a domestic situation that turned deadly. So while there is much focus on this incident today because of the circumstances, it should not detract from our focus on domestic violence or from our appreciation and apprehension for the thousands of men and women in law enforcement who take chances on our behalf every day." Governor Jack Markell stated.
For employees, jurors, or other witnesses who desire counseling and help, additional information will be available on the state judiciary's website later today, at courts.delaware.gov