Three dead in courthouse shooting in Delaware

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Authorities in Wilmington, Delaware say three people are dead - including the shooter - after a gunman opened fire Monday morning in a courthouse lobby.

The man exchanged shots with police just as the building was opening to the public for the day.

State police say the gunman and two women are dead. Wilmington's mayor said one of the women who died was the estranged wife of the shooter -- but police say they haven't confirmed that was the case.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says the shooting was the result of a custody dispute.

One man who was entering the courthouse to report for jury duty says it appeared that the shooter deliberately targeted the two women who were shot as they stood in the middle of the lobby. Chick Chinski said he had earlier shared an elevator with the gunman and others from the parking garage. He says the gunman was quiet and did not appear agitated.

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