"It just hurts. First thing on Monday morning, you have a judge shot in front of his courthouse ... It was a cold-blooded attempted murder on a judge". Abdalla said it wasn't clear whether Bruzzese's bullets hit the attacker. His condition was not immediately known after the shooting, though the local news station WTOV9 reported that he was stable.
Richmond was reportedly shot several times and killed. Police in the courthouse quickly came to the judge's rescue, including a probation officer who also shot at the suspect. He is in serious condition and is expected to be out of surgery early Monday afternoon.
Local media reported that the suspect's body could be seen lying next to a vehicle at the drive-thru of a neighboring bank. The person was in the same vehicle as the alleged gunman. The passenger said he didn't know a shooting was planned.
The shooting occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, a place best known for a high-profile rape case involving high school football players.More news: Elisabeth Moss Slams Scientology Haters In Foul-Mouthed Social Media Rant
Bruzzese has served on that court since 1997, according to Ohio Supreme Court records.
The judge was able to talk to others after he was shot, reports said. He added: "Thank God he's not that good a shot".
Mavromatis said the Jefferson County Sheriffás Department, City Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol have done "an excellent job" securing the crime scene and are now working with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to look for shell casings and any evidence.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said Monday morning's attack on Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese (bruh-ZEEZ') Jr.is a reminder of the real potential for violence against judges.