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Family court judge shot in Nevada courthouse

[JURIST] A family court judge in Reno, Nevada, was shot while standing near a courthouse window Monday, and police are searching for a sniper. Judge Chuck Weller [official website; RGJ profile], of the Second Judicial District Court [official website] in Washoe County, was shot four times in the chest about 11:15 AM local time Monday and taken to a local hospital. The judge was reportedly breathing and in stable condition. Weller, 53, gave legal advice in a newspaper column and on a radio show before he was elected judge in 2004.

Police believe the shots were fired at the third floor of the Mills B. Lane Justice Center from a nearby parking garage. Three courthouses in Reno have been closed as SWAT teams search for the shooter. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic has also been restricted in parts of downtown Reno. AP has more. The Reno Gazette-Journal has local coverage, as does KOLO-TV.

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