December 13th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

FBI: Shooting at federal courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama

A worker at the federal courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, shot himself in the head Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

The man walked into the chief clerk's office at the Hugo Black U.S. Federal Courthouse "mumbling about a will. He then put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger," CNN affiliate WBMA reported, citing a source inside the courthouse. The FBI confirmed the source's report, WBMA said.

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  1. Dustin

    Whoa a shooting? Imagine that.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nate

    I hope it wasn't about a prank call from a radio station.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Reco

    I would rather use Teamspeak in a court house. Mumble is just meh.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Possibly the worst joke I've ever seen in a comment.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tebojockey

    He put a gun to his head and shot *himself?* BFD. Unless there's lots of bodies, he didn't even get on the scoreboard.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. crabman

    no breaking news head line ?? wonder why

    December 13, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Standford616

    He was extremely depressed over the November Election! He received an email from his friends at the Drudge Fan Club confirming Acorn had bussed in over 4 million illegal aliens to vote for Obama.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. bamagrad03

    What they aren't saying here, because it would temper the alarmist response and thousands of page views – it was a single victim suicide attempt. No other people were harmed.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. open400

    This whole gun thing is way out of control. We not even allowed to discuss the problem – it is beyond pathetic.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Court Officer shot himself in courtroom. Someone probably told him about the end of the world next week. I feel so sorry for his family and friends if he died. If he did not, they need to put him in the rubber room until they figure out what caused him to blow a fuse like he did. This could have been worse if he started shooting people or caused the plolice to start shooting and hit inocent bystanders.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greg Faith

    All the courthouses have metal detectors at the entry that I ever been in! Why not this one?

    December 13, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. slamajamma

    Bob Costas just responded to this crisis:

    "We have this cutlure in America, this culture of court houses. All I can say is this, if there was no access to court houses, this man would still be alive today"

    December 13, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Darkseider

    Federal Courthouse.... man mumbling about a will. Sounds like he may be upset about the new Death Tax initiated in Obamacare.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Darkseider

    Oh one other thing. It seems that all these new federal security officers did a WONDERFUL job of stopping a man from bringing a firearm into a federal courthouse. Government FAIL

    December 13, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • bamagrad03

      He was an employee. They aren't subjected to the same security that standard patrons are subjected to. I'm familiar with that courthouse and it has really tight security.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. been FranklinName*

    The media prints any negativestory, just add the word "gun" since that's the government agenda next year.

    December 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The only agenda I can see is the NRA's. When gun sales are stagnant an editorial or two about the government limiting guns, ammo or clips sure helps spike sales. The friggin' government has got too much on its plate than to worry about gun owner rights! Jeez!

      December 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew P

      You expect them to print 'shovel' if a gun was used? Does 'c-a-t' spell 'dog???

      December 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FoxNewsLies

    Good thing guns are so easily available in Alabama, huh? I mean, you can pick up a 6 pack of beer and a hand gun so easily. Nope, no gun control laws needed here, huh?

    December 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigot

      LOL I can say the same thing bout Chicago, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, yet has some of the strictest gun laws. Good thing guns are so inaccessible, we need more gun laws in chicago to stop the murders.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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