January 4th, 2010
09:05 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Deadly Courthouse Shooting

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A Las Vegas courthouse security guard is dead and a U.S. Marshal is injured after a man pulled a shotgun from underneath his jacket and opened fire.

A bystander happened to capture the sounds of the gunfire on his cell phone camera. The video was posted on YouTube moments after the attack by a user with the name NickyFlips, who wrote on the web site that he had just left the federal courthouse after receiving a jury summons.

"Hell of a morning for jury duty," a man's voice is heard on the video.

Law enforcement officers shot and killed the gunman.

By coincidence, a new federal report was issued shortly before the courthouse shooting which shows threats to federal judges and prosecutors have more than doubled in the past six years. Between 2003 and 2008, the number of threats and inappropriate communications jumped from 592 to 1,278, the report by the Justice Department Inspector General found.

There are more than 2,000 federal judges and approximately 5,250 other federal court officials, including federal prosecutors.

Tonight on 360°, we'll dig deeper on security concerns at America's courthouses.

We'll talk with Alabama Judge Suzanne Childers, who is keeping both a gun and pepper spray next to her gavel because she's concerned about court security cutbacks.

We're also tracking new developments in the case against the man who failed to blow up a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day.

Tomorrow Pres. Obama will get an update on the investigation from his national security team in the White House Situation Room.

Today new airport security guidelines took effect for travelers flying to the U.S. from or through 14 countries. Four of the countries are considered state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba.

The ten others are defined as countries of interest based on the latest terrorism intelligence: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

What do you think of the new rules? Share your thoughts below.

As we reported last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted Pres. Obama for "trying to pretend we are not at war."

White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan is firing back at Cheney.

"I'm disappointed in the vice president's comments. I'm neither a Republican or a Democrat. I worked for the past five administration. Either the vice president is willfully mischaracterizing this president's position, both in terms of language he uses and the actions he's taken... we continue to say we're at war with al Qaeda, we're trying to give it clarity and we have taken the fight to them. I would not have come back into this government if I felt that this president was not committed to prosecuting this war against al Qaeda and every day I see it in the president's face, I see it in the actions he's taken so I'm confident that this country is, in fact, protected by this president's position on al Qaeda and against terrorist activities," Brennan said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press.

360's Joe Johns is Keeping them Honest and will look at the war of words between the Obama administration and Cheney.

We also have an up close look at what's being called the "Christmas Miracle." A women goes into cardiac arrest. She had no signs of life. Doctors performed a Cesarean to deliver her baby boy, who wasn't breathing either. Then, amazingly, both the new mom and the baby came back to life.

We'll talk with the mom and dad and you'll get to meet the new baby boy.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Famous Maurice

    As far as the Las Vegas, NV.... They say that he couldn't get no Social Security... Not Saying what he did was right at all, but the Emotions of Humans is a sad sight at times...

    Now the Underwere Bomber, Haha U.S.A. Security, they had the information on the boy pass<< the father told there g'ment "like hey my son is crazy" what we do pass<<

    Human error wasn't the cost of the almost deadly accident , it's pure laziness on behalf of a security force that think they are so big bad and smart, Im sick of my President having to answer for other peoples screw ups

    How did all 7 of those CIA people die, not going by procedures, Americans and those in Power see what happens when you dont follow procedures.

    They "turned" around a terrorist. Once a Crazy person always a crazy person 🙂 xoxo

    January 5, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  2. Tim Gibson

    As our government appears to be breaking down our society may be also in the case of the Vegas shooting. How much stress on our nation as a result of the actions that got us here, that began not yesterday or last week. They began when the bubble was pumped full with long hard strokes in that final push over the edge. "Pop, pop, Pop, pop, pop."

    Even with clear knowledge of terrorist jihadist desire to kill americans using or on aircraft the muslim american groups are choosing the cry of racial profiling. The "profiling is not some, but all people coming from said locations with entry into the US. Which would include myself should I travel to one of these locations would it not?

    January 5, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  3. Bryan Laffoon

    Thanks to the officers that ran to the sounds of gunfire. Thier action saved the lives of others.

    January 5, 2010 at 5:36 am |
  4. JT

    This is a sign of the times. Honest hardworking ordinary people are fed up. And because ordinary people cannot depend on federal, state or local government fail to do right by the people instead of by the corporation, more and ore people will resort to drastic measures to be heard but honestly can you blame them?

    January 5, 2010 at 1:20 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    First that a Judge should feel it necessary to carry Gun into court is ridiculous and beyond belief. American gun laws are inadequate and outdated, change them!!
    Mr Cheney, ooops forgive me for taking sides, is showing clear signs of Senile dementia. He cannot even remember anything the president has said on the war on terror ( many times) and worse still cannot even remember what the government in which he was VP failed to do ( 9/11) and did especially re Gitmo prisoner release. There are more but...
    What Mr Cheney is doing very effectively is ensuring more terrorists are bred and cultivated thru his appalling rhetoric. Calling US actions a "War on terror" completely justifies Al Qaeda and offshoots to conduct one of the four precepts of JIHAD.
    Next time you interview Cheney ( dont prep him) ask him what is the meaning of Jihad or better still the four styles of Islamic Jihad!?
    And by the way the idea that the war Jihad is justified only in defence of the Faith is not accurate, nor does it exclude "fighting," there is a difference, other muslims. 'It does exclude in the Qu'ran killing women and children and Old men and attacking religious monasteries and establisments " pass these by".

    January 5, 2010 at 12:28 am |
  6. Jason Willard

    that is a beautiful story..the fact that she could of died for 10minits and came back to life there has to be a reasion behind it.
    mericals happen all the time all over the world but only the most importent ones ever make it on the t.v screen
    and the little boy is lucky to have the chance to be here with his mother it is truly a christmas merical give in to her from are lord
    mericals like this one do not happen everyday and when one does there is a reasion why it does so to everyone out there that seen this story dont give up hope and do not live in sarrow for mericals happen in meny ways and god has a reasion why he does things like this
    maybe the baby is gods son coming back to help all the problems and this child and his mother are part of his plane to try and help the world so he dont have to flood it again like it did when he gave noia the idea to make the boat to keep life on this planet
    every day is a brighter day and there is a reasion behind everything good that happens here on earth

    January 5, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  7. Kevin

    We are spending billions and billions of dollars in other countries and it's time we stop doing this and use that money here in the US to help people who are on social security and maybe this shooting today would not have happened.

    January 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  8. rod

    what do you expect when everyone carries a firearm. are you really that surprised.

    January 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  9. Doug Collins

    security needs to start somewhere and identifying possible source nations only seems logical since so much of the past points to these same places.

    January 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    The baby and mom sound like a wonderful story – I am looking forward to seeing that. The courthouse shooting sounds like we are starting the year off with the same kind of violence that has troubled our country for years. I hope we can determine some way to put an end to this type of crime. And I agree with the terrorism rules except why do we keep Cuba on the list? They haven't done anything to us and its been 50 years – why not try being friends:?

    January 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm |