The three-story gray federal building remained cordoned off Wednesday night, surrounded by a heavy police presence in the city along the Ohio River in West Virginia’s northern panhandle about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
Most people were going about their evenings, eating at local restaurants in the small city of about 28,000 that has an older downtown with stone buildings, banks and coffee shops. Only a few stopped to gaze at the courthouse.
David Wohlfeil, the owner of the Metropolitan City Grill near the courthouse, said he ran outside after he heard the first shots. He heard two more volleys of gunfire then ran back inside.
“I told everyone to get in the basement and then called 911,” he said, adding that police arrived while he was on the phone.