Monday, January 04, 2010

Vegas Shooting ~ Wicks Id'ed

Authorities say a gunman shot dead in a gunbattle after killing a courthouse security guard and wounding a federal marshal in Las Vegas had a "lengthy" criminal history in Tennessee and California.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Kevin Favreau said on January 5th that 66-year-old Johnny Lee Wicks faced murder charges in Memphis, Tenn., in the mid-1970s, and sex assault charges in Sacramento, Calif., in the late 1980s.

Records show Wicks lost a federal lawsuit last year challenging a cut in his Social Security benefits after moving from California to Las Vegas.

The FBI and local police say Wicks torched his apartment and walked three miles to the courthouse before opening fire Monday morning, killing 72-year-old security officer Stanley Cooper.

Officials say the wounded marshal has been released from the hospital.

An as-yet unidentified gunman, wearing a black trenchcoat, opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, January 4, 2010, killing one court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death. (Earlier reports that two FBI agents were shot are being denied.)

The gunfire erupted moments after 8 a.m. at the start of the work week and lasted for several minutes. Shots echoed around tall buildings in the area, more than a mile north of the Las Vegas Strip. An Associated Press reporter on the eighth floor of a high-rise building within sight of the building heard more than 20 shots during the sustained barrage of gunfire.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the victims included a deputy U.S. marshal and a court security officer. The 48-year-old deputy marshal was hospitalized, and the 65-year-old security officer died.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey said the gunman died across the street shortly after the shootout. The man's identity and motive were not immediately known.

Authorities believe the shooter acted alone, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Roxanna Lea Irwin said.

The building was evacuated, police and news helicopters circled overhead, and Las Vegas police cordoned off the area for several blocks. A 16-story state and local courthouse two blocks away was locked down as a precaution.

After police arrived, paramedics wheeled at least two people out and down a ramp to ambulances.

Dickey called the building evacuation "standard procedure" in such an incident, and said it was "for the safety of everybody in the place."

Las Vegas police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said the shooter had been shot in the head.

"It looks like he went in there and just started unloading," Morgan said.

The Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building is named for a longtime senior federal judge who still hears cases. It has federal courts and offices for federal officials including U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign. Neither were in the building at the time, authorities said.

Irwin said she saw shotgun casings on the floor of the federal building lobby.


Anonymous said...

Just as even the neo-con right, the major proponents of 'law and order', were beginning to bemoan the police state a rash of shootings break out against law enforcement and military personnel. The Washington State and Fort Hood shootings were committed by minorities and the MSM seems to be implying that this one was as well and that a reduction in the shooter’s Social Security benefits was the motive.

The killing of CIA personnel in Afghanistan could almost be included as well.

The more these incidents break out the more I think some of the accounts of Project Phoenix/Monarch were right on.

starviego said...

starvosanThe rampage of the black trenchcoated gunman continues. Just last week there was a mass shooting in Espoo, Finland where a gunman in all black killed five people[though he was not wearing a trenchcoat].

In the new movie ''Sherlock Holmes'' the main villain is called 'Lord Blackwood' and wears a black trenchcoat throughout.

Anonymous said...

in the days since the vegas shooting there has been a shooting in st louis and a shooting in japan

seems like a cluster is picking up (2009) was one of the worst years for that, in 2 months from march to april 2009 there were 13 rampages

Terry Joe Sedlacek
Michael McLendon
Tim Kretschmer
Lovelle Mixon
Lonnie Glasco
Robert Stewart
Jiverly Wong
Richard Poplawski
John Chong
Dimitris Patmanidis
George Zinkhan
Denis Yevsyukov
Farda Gadirov

and since december 31:

Ibrahim Shkupolli
Johnny Wicks
Timothy Hendron
Yasuhisa Sugiura
in less than two weeks

Anonymous said...

Jesse James Warren killed 3 at a truck rental office where he used to work on Jan. 12

definitely a cluster

Anonymous said...

james warren, timothy hendron and johnny wicks were all angry about social security or pension payments