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Del. Lawmakers Ready to Help After Courthouse Shooting

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware lawmakers say they are ready to work with the state's Department of Homeland Security to help after Monday's shootings at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.

It left three people, including the shooter, dead.

It was clear the shooting was on the minds of everyone in the room at Tuesday's meeting of the Joint Finance Committee - from lawmakers to the many police officers there to the head of the state's Department of Homeland Security. The Capitol Police Department is a part of the Department of Homeland Security. It's officers from that agency that guard the state's courthouses.

Homeland Security had its already scheduled budget hearing Tuesday afternoon. 

Sec. Lewis Schiliro addressed Monday's shooting at the start of his budget presentation. But he did not ask lawmakers for anything directly stemming the incident.

"We're still trying to finish up the investigation. One of the things we will do after everything settles down is have an after-action report," Schiliro said. "We're going to study the procedures that were put into place and the tactics involved and really the logistics of what happened. To the extent that we need to change some protocols or some response, we will."

Lawmakers appeared ready to help if and when the department asks.

"As the weeks and months progress and the reports come out and you determine what we can do for security both at the courts as well as throughout the state at other public facilities," Rep. Melanie George Smith, D-Bear, said. "We're happy to work with you. So, let us know what we can do."

Schiliro says it will take time to determine what changes are necessary and what they might cost.

"It really is something we need to look at. And we will do that. Whether any changes are going to come, it's too early to tell."

To what extent potential changes would effect the courthouses in the southern two counties is unclear. Officials announced the one in New Castle County will remain closed at least through tomorrow. The ones in Kent and Sussex were open after the shooting and will continue to be.

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