Catalina organized a delightful celebration at Schaefer’s Canal House to toast to my new medical certification. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I had a great time and I was so happy to see Catalina, Betsy, Carlota, Richard, and Alina. Maria picked the place which was absolutely stunning; I couldn’t resist taking this picture as I entered. Sharing this meal with all of you today gave me joy and encouragement.
Tuesday, February 12, 2011
Shooting in our Courthouse
Early yesterday morning a man opened fire in the lobby of the New Castle Court Courthouse (5th and N. King Streets, Wilmington, Delaware) and the courthouse was closed immediately.
No Spanish interpreters were in the building at the time. The building is closed until further notice.
The shooter, identified as Thomas Matusiewicz, opened fire and killed his son's ex wife, Christine Belford, and her friend, Laura Elizabeth Mulford.
A shootout erupted beween Matusiewicz and Capitol Police.Two officers were shot during the confrontation and they are at Christiana Hospital being treated. They were hit in their bullet-proof vests. Their injuries are not life threatening.
Thomas Matusiewicz is dead. Authorities now confirm he killed himself with a shot to the head.
All of this happened shortly after 8:00 am in the lobby of the courthouse, a large area between the main entrance doors and the metal detectors where Capitol Police is stationed.
The shooter's son, David Matusiewicz, and his ex wife were expected in the building to deal with a custody issue over their 3 children. David Matusiewicz had gone through security while his father Thomas Matusiewicz stayed in the lobby. At about 8:15, Christine Belford and her friend entered the lobby and Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire killing both women. Capitol Police immediately responded.
The shooter's son, David Matusiewicz, was inside the building while all of this was happening. He is in custody and will be facing charges in Federal Court for Violation of Probation.
Swat teams yesterday checked the entire building floor by floor, room by room to make sure everything was OK. Counselors were brought in to help employees and other civilians that were in the building at the time.
My prayers and wishes go out to all of you. Be safe. J