WHEELING, W.Va. — A former Wheeling police officer fired up to 30 shots into the Wheeling Federal Courthouse Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by police.

A witness told MetroNews the gunman used a rifle, reloading at least once, as he fired at the federal building around 2:45 p.m.

Multiple sources have identified the gunman who died after being shot by law enforcement officers as Thomas Piccard, 55, of Bridgeport, Ohio, a former Wheeling police officer left the department in 2000.

Bill Ihlenfeld, the U.S. Attorney for West Virginia’s Northern District, was in his office when the shooting occurred.

We were all working and heard gunshots outside the building,” Ihlenfeld told MetroNews. “Windows were struck. We have a plan within the office where everyone goes into a safe room away from the windows. We took those steps.”

On Wednesday evening, Ihlenfeld said three court security guards in the building were injured by flying glass.  The three were treated and released from Wheeling Hospital.

Eyewitness Carla Daniels, who was working in an office nearby, said she heard 25 to 30 shots fired by the gunman.

I saw a guy with a rifle and he was just pointing in toward the federal building and just shooting,” Daniels said. “After he fired so many shots, he reached down on the ground and he must have reloaded and he went back to shooting again.”

Ihlenfeld said the quick response by law enforcement made the difference in the incident.

“If it weren’t for the heroic efforts of the officers who confronted this gunman, it could have been a lot worse than it was,” he said.

Police gave no word on a motive. The investigation continued on Wednesday night with search warrants being obtained for the vehicle police believe Piccard drove to the scene as well as for his home in Ohio.

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  • amazed.citizen

    What's in the water in Wheeling?
    I can't believe the rants from people
    after a senseless death such as this.

    Hallucinogens in the water? the Air?
    What gives?

  • chasmo

    Thank you POLICE for taking care of this scumbag !! Need more POLICE like this. GREATLY APPRECIATE what you did.

    • chamuiel

      so, you like gestapo jack booted thugs, little sheeple?

      • jb

        Being Army Brat & Army Widow. I'll stick with Army. Police seem to be letting badge to EGO! Power! Civilians pah!

  • jayne

    I love Wheeling many fond memories. Parents from Shadyside Oh. across the river. So sorry to hear you had to go thru this.

    The tension in the country is not the President's fault. His 'sin' to many in the country is that he's half black and to these people they will never accept anything, any idea he comes up with, even if it's good for them.

    He wants us to have affordable healthcare. We are one of the last countries on earth to have that. Seriously.

    This is good not bad.

    • Larry

      I think some are also not comfortable with the fact that he is a socialist.

    • mntrbob

      Obama is so misunderstood....by those on the left. The right has always understood him.

    • jb

      Actually he doesn't care about any but his own. Being 1/2 anything IS BS!!!! Rest of IS his fault! When Constitution IS trashed, all because" I won"! Don't hold H2O!. He has NOT had ANY ideas except to foist this on Americans WHO DID NOT WANT this travesty of" healthcare" that BANKRUPTS America is NOT 'good' & WHY do you think people from all over world, who ha e socialized med. care COME HERE????

    • jb

      Actually he doesn't care about any but his own. Being 1/2 anything IS BS!!!! Rest of IS his fault! When Constitution IS trashed, all because" I won"! Don't hold H2O!. He has NOT had ANY ideas except to foist this on Americans WHO DID NOT WANT this travesty of" healthcare" that BANKRUPTS America is NOT 'good' & WHY do you think people from all over world, who ha e socialized med. care COME HERE???? We see who drinks THE KOOLAID of Left & no attempt to fact check anything that comes out of his mouth. Obamacare takes AWAY OUR FREEDOM &RIGHTS guaranteed by THE CONSTITUTION! Wake up!

    • Vinnie

      Wow. What a leap from this shooting to the "Affordable" health care Act. What a misnomer. None of this is racially motivated. He is a socialist who wants to redistribute everything in this country and continue to reward those who offer nothing to our country for political expediency for his own gain and for his party. Pure and simple. "Obamacare" is already predicted to cost the average American a lot more treasure with less benefits. It is truly a sad time.

    • Alum

      First, way to play the race card, as the left always does.

      Second, affordable health care? Have you read the CBO analysis of the bill? It is anything but affordable. Stop believing what the politicians say and start looking at what they do.

      America is a country of lemmings being led over the cliff.

    • Lori

      This blind hate and vitriol in this country on display here !! Ignorance is rampant! Thanks Jayne for your bit of sanity... Do these knuckle drafters do nothing but listen to right wing hate mongers all day? They obviously have no cognitive grasp on reality !! Only those to spoon feed them how oppressed they are!!

      • jb

        WOW! Did you ever try searching for TRUTH? Guess it's easier to be a 'good' subject & go along with what you're told than to think for yourself & find actual truth but hey enjoy the koolaid! 4 generations of my family fought for this cntry so you could show your STUPIDITY.

    • chamuiel

      Jayne,

      what? they went into a safe room, where they peed their pants.


      didn't you read the article?

      as far as the rest of your garbage,

      Have you always been delusional/


      obama wants national health care so he can control you.


      Still, he already does that, doesn't he, jayne?

    • Shadow

      I will repeat myself again in response to your comments about all us Obummer Haters being Racist, my candidate for President was Herman Caine and he is all Black..... How much better we would be if he had been elected.. With Thomas Sowell as his Financial Advisor. That is a combination that would be hard to beat.

      • Alum

        Agreed. And don't forget to add a dose of Walter Williams.

    • r

      If he wants us to have affordable healthcare, why has my insurance increased so much and the deductible gone from 500 to 1250 bucks...each? Because he is looking to me to pay for YOUR healthcare. I HAD good affordable healthcare until Obamacare came along.

  • Barry

    30 rounds fired and no one was hit? It must have been a Ruger Mini-14.

    • Jeff c

      It was actually a AR 15 in the pistol was a 40 caliber

  • Help us Lord

    if it was real' stand for something or fall for anything.... never heard from witness in boston bombin, witness is navy yard all not creditable , not one bullet in that car in d.c, i seen the video's
    shirt of that lil grl being taken in cop car changed color, first green, then pink, same cop same schene diffrent shirt, ppl are fed up. God bless & help us all

    • Larry

      Huh?

    • C

      In the picture of the little girl in DC where she's wearing pink, you can see the cop carrying her green jacket. That explains the color change.

    • JS

      I think the Lord needs to help you. And the sooner the better for all of us sane people.

    • jb

      Then you should hae been here how dare you

  • Larry

    This iphone video should be removed, it shows nothing of interest and has a woman cursing in it.

  • Frank

    he shot up the wrong federal building

    • jb

      Hallelujah! Also depends on what yr. Instead of twin tower should been EPA .who tried passing law we couldn't use stream water that has traveled through property for at least 150 yrs that this family has owned!

      • Nick

        Use is different than drain completely for your selfish needs. People downstream have rights to the water too. Fish and animals have rights too. You are a typical republican that wants everyone else to abide by rules but not you. Imagine if you were down stream and someone else was using/polluting all the water you would be in a big fuss.

  • William

    Obama - It must be George Bush's fault

  • Jeff

    A former cop shoots 30 rounds at a federal courthouse and doesn't hit anybody? Just a hunch, but it sounds like suicide via police.

    • Jeff

      It's not difficult to conclude that he was probably laid off due to the government shutdown and was severely depressed. Or he had some other reliance on a federal service that was discontinued during the shutdown and became desperate. He probably wished to go to DC but couldn't afford the gas money. Sad.
      Prayers to his family.

      • Jonus Grumby

        Did you bother to even READ the article before posting? He left the police department in 2000.

      • Larry

        I hope you're being sarcastic, last time I checked being a Wheeling police officer wasn't a federal position.

      • jb

        There was NO gov. shutdown in 2000 when he lost his job! Hmmm, ever try checking facts before inserting foot.

      • MojoJojo

        Typical left wing nut job. Wants to make tasteless jokes about a tragedy.

  • Smith

    I do not want to jump to conclusions since
    I do not know motive. But if the motive was a political statement, I would agree with ''j'' in that we will continue to see mor

    • RUSTY

      We will never know the motive because the cops killed the guy just like they kill everyone else that has an issue. Look at Waco, Ruby Ridge and the D.C. incident last week with the cops killing the woman (gun was never found by the way). If you get on the wrong side of the "LAW" whether right or wrong, there is a good chance that the cops/feds will kill you and say it was "justified". People are sheep....

      • Larry

        All you have to do is not try to run over innocent people with your car, and not go on a shooting rampage, and the police won't kill you, it's pretty simple.

        • jb

          Amen but common sense IS sorely lacking it seems in this "I'm entitled to gov handout (cause I'm too damn lazy to actually WORK ). And babies having babies so they can get on the dole, & probably come from generations of welfare queens (that Is what it was referred to in '60's and seems to hae really expanded due to this 'pres').

      • JS

        Rusty, So what are the police supposed to do with a guy who has a loaded rifle who is shooting at innocent people? Just let them go until their done killing everyone they do not agree with? Seems like the only ignorant "sheep" here is you. NUTBAG!!!

      • chamuiel

        the young black woman did not have a gun.

        • Larry

          She tried to run over people with her car.

        • jb

          NO SHE HAD A CAR! Oh, & she told sis' that O was talking to her in her head that she needed to get to him, calling for her! So are we going to have the left calling for cars to be banned like guns? Wake up!

          • Hillbilly

            Are we going to have the RIGHT blame "O" for that matter as well, since he was in her head and everything is his fault anyway?? Makes one wonder of all this was going on under a white "Bush" where some of you would stand!!!

  • Alex

    Good analysis, Toshe.

  • Toshe

    Actually I agree with J. It is a tragedy. Very scary, prayers for everyone involved <3

  • Alex

    Way to call out J on the bull&@&&, Deon. We need more Deons and fewer J's in this world.

    • chamuiel

      and no alex's would make the world a much better place.

  • Deon

    I like how you tied a national crisis to an act of terrorism, predicted an increase in activity, then filed your disclaimer.."I hate to hear this happened". Nicely done.

    • chamuiel

      jb,

      what national crisis?


      The government slow down id not a national crisis, except to obama, and liberals

    • jb

      What national crises? There really isn't one. Partial gov. Shutdown. Hmmmm.Well since it WAS Harry Reid (who refused to bring bills passed BY Congress & the'Pres.' who actually shutdown the gov. & bring massive pain to American people cause we do NOT want what he IS doing & he IS the one REFUSING to talk, negotiate cause" I won". NOT kosher! He is NOT messiah. He is NOT mommy or daddy. He IS supposed to UPHOLD the CONSTITUTION not tear it down. He acts like little bratty lord fuantleroy sitting in corner throwing frickin tantrums cause he ain't dictator & he AIN'T getting his way. He doesn't care what Americans want. Its what he wants that counts to him. Wake up before you are living in Communist country cause this. ' pres' does NOT like America!

  • j

    People in this country are getting tired of the bullcrap in D.C. Sadly, these type of instances are going to increase until political leaders start governing "For the People" again instead of for themselves. I hate to hear this happened

    • Bobby M

      Oh GOSH! One of those goverment conspiracy lunatics Friend!??!?

      Come on FELLA! People NEED to start taking responsibilty and stop blaming there EXCUSES on this and THAT and BLAH BLAH BLAH! When you pick up a gun and start blasting away then YOU are a phsycho path MORON and its YOUR fault and not your education OR your government OR your neighbors or ANYONE else!

      • jb

        When Is left going to realize a human has to pu the gun? Gun did not decide anything! TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your own actions be accountability for your actions. stop blaming others for choices you made. People need to relearn responsibility!

    • JAM'r

      Never happen, a dictator never backs down. Only continues on a track to oppress.

      • jb

        True & O considers the vote was a mandate that gives him dictator 'rights' to trash Constitution & be dictator. He is socialist & never denied thus. Americans NEED to research him & everyone he put in his administration. Info will kick knees out for under. SEEK THE TRUTH on your own, stop believe everything told.

        • AlienDave

          You guys are kinda nuts.

          • AlienDave

            ... I mean, is there ANY stimulus (word, sound, smell ...) or lack of stimulus that will not provoke such anti-Obama vitriole?

          • Ranchman

            Yeah, there's something he can do to stop the diatribe against him; he cam step down, admitting to sll the fraud and forgery to get elected in the first place. The man is a liar and a fraud. His plans for We the People are beyond despicable and he needs to be stopped asap. Anyone who is blinded by his supposed oratory skills (non-existent to those of us in the know) is a fool and on the road to somewhere they really won't be happy to be when they get there. Wake up and get rid of the "Obama is messiah" delusion.

          • Ranchman

            Yeah, there's something he can do to stop the diatribe against him; he can step down, admitting to all the fraud and forgery to get elected in the first place. The man is a liar and a fraud. His plans for We the People are beyond despicable and he needs to be stopped asap. Anyone who is blinded by his supposed oratory skills (non-existent to those of us in the know) is a fool and on the road to somewhere they really won't be happy to be when they get there. Wake up and get rid of the "Obama is messiah" delusion.

          • jb

            h! Another Koolaid drinker! Did you ever research anything he said to find out THE TRUTH? Vetting what he said. Ah, a mushroom, you're kept in dark & he feeds you ---- & you blindly believe! Amazing!

          • jb

            So you hae gallons of lefty Koolaid! Amazing but Jesus said, "There are none SO blind as those who will NOT see."
            Don't drag America down!

          • chamuiel

            Yes, liberals are nuts.


            nothing new there.

          • AlienDave

            ... small sample size - but I'm confident the answer to my question is "no" (followed by a very long anti-Obama screech).

          • Jeff H

            Kinda?

          • dipsy

            I'm glad Americans have finally found out the fraud that is Obama. He tried to dictate to kenyans on who we should vote for in the March 2013 election.
            Of course we disappointed him with no regrets, it's time for Americans to learn not to take this man's word.

          • Bigfish

            Kinda nuts? I'd go for the full monte.

    • jb

      Then vote out EVERYONE from WH
      down, clean house! AND stop trying to connect some MENTALLY twisted idiot with what tried & Obama did to us. W.V. shooter had problem that had naught to do with D.C.! Left uses too many excuses to justify their idiology. That needs to stop. Is lot of 'sick' idiots out there & left will always use! Rahm Emmanuel (Chicago mayor) Never let crisis go to waste! Use!

    • prefrontal cortex

      This is a ridiculous comment You have no idea why this ex-cop committed this crime.

    • tony

      you are a scared idiot with no sense of humanity if you believe that justifies anything. you should be arrested for your post.
      hint: the reason he is so frustrated is that he's had every chance for an education freedom to travel and yet he still is a failure. perhaps the accurate destination of the gunfire should be into the mirror itself. weak.
      keep watching your numbskull fox drivel and you'll end up just like him.