Posted: Sep 14, 2011 7:47 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Sep 14, 2011 7:47 PM
Source: Associated Press
Authorities in Crawford County, Arkansas say immediate security steps are being taken after a gunman stormed the historic courthouse on Tuesday and shot and wounded a judge's receptionist. The courthouse has six entrances, none with metal detectors and no guards. The detectors are only at the front doors of the two courtrooms in the building. The county's chief administrator says five entrances will be alarmed and locked when the courthouse reopens on Thursday. County Judge John Hall says he wants more sheriff's deputies to guard the one open entrance. The Crawford County Courthouse is believed to be the oldest active county courthouse west of the Mississippi.