Wheeling Shooting: Thomas Piccard, Former Cop, Waved Off Bystanders Before Shooting

WHEELING, W.Va.—A prosecutor says a former police officer waved people out of harm’s way before aiming at the Wheeling Federal Building and shooting at the federal courthouse.

U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld (EE’-len-feld) says Thomas J. Piccard fired from a parking lot across from the Wheeling Federal Building Wednesday.

Authorities have said the 55-year-old resident of Bridgeport, Ohio, got off up to two dozen shots in the small West Virginia panhandle city before law enforcement officers shot him to death.

Residents in the neighborhood around Piccard’s trailer home in Bridgeport, a few miles west of Wheeling, say Piccard disclosed in the past few days that he had stomach cancer. Mahlon Shields says a neighbor told him Piccard wanted to go to Florida to die.

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