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WHEELING, W.Va. (WVVA/AP) -- Investigators are trying to determine why a retired police officer fired up to two dozen shots at a federal courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before officers returned fire and killed him.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger identified the gunman as 55-year-old Thomas J. Piccard, of Bridgeport, Ohio. He was a retired Wheeling police officer.

U.S. marshals said Piccard used what they described as an assault-type rifle to fire 15 to 25 shots at the Wheeling Federal Building.

Other officials said they had no knowledge of any sort of note left behind by Piccard, and they were still looking for clues as to a motive.  Investigators were seeking a search warrant for Piccard's home in hopes of determining the motive and to see if he acted alone.

Three on-duty courthouse security officers were injured by flying debris during the onslaught.

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