Prosecutor speaks on shooting investigation


After the shooting that took place at the Jefferson County Courthouse earlier this week, a judge is recovering and a suspect is dead. So where does the investigation go from here?

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin spoke with NEWS9, explaining that autopsy and ballistics reports are just two parts of the puzzle that aren't in place yet and won't be for a while.

Judge Joseph Bruzzese was shot Monday as he approached the courthouse. Nate Richmond, the shooter, was killed when the judge and a probation officer returned fire.

A second man detained at the scene was released. We asked Hanlin if investigators believe anyone else was involved.

“That's part of the ongoing investigation and it's part of the investigation that takes time, because we gather information, not only from witnesses, but from electronic sources, from as many different avenues as we can,” Hanlin said. “And what we want to do is be able to assure people who work here and the people coming to the courthouse that we know everything we can know about what happened that day and so I think that'll take a while and in the end our hope is that that gives everyone a sense of comfort that we can put the pieces together of what happened Monday morning.”

Bruzzese's recovery is going well. He's currently at a Pittsburgh hospital.

We'll hear much more from the prosecutor later on NEWS9.

Meanwhile a prayer vigil calling for unity in the community is happening right now in Steubenville. Speakers at St. Peter Catholic Church on Fourth Street put the event together to address the shooting and also bring people together amid divisive events happening across the country.

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