Congressman John Carney today released the following statement regarding the shooting at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington:

"I was shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic events that occurred at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington this morning. In recent months, we have watched in horror as other communities around the country have dealt with gun violence perpetrated in public places against innocent bystanders. I am devastated that this type of attack has now struck the city I call home. As the people of Wilmington cope with the grief of this terrible event, we are given yet another clear and heartbreaking reminder of the need to take necessary steps to prevent gun violence in our state and around the country.

“This horrific act has taken the lives of two innocent women. I offer my deepest condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues -- and I mourn with our community as we try to make sense of this tragedy. Today’s shooting also wounded two Capitol Police officers working to protect the people in the courthouse. In the face of grave danger, those officers stood tall and demonstrated why their brave service is so vital to our safety. I will continue to keep them in my prayers as they recover from their injuries.”