PITTSBURG -- A shotgun that a man had stashed in some bushes near the Pittsburg courthouse apparently went off while he retrieved it Friday morning, firing at least one shot that struck a window at the building, police said.

The shot, which hit the window of a jury assembly room, prompted a brief lockdown at the Arnason Justice Center, a court spokeswoman said.

No one was hit by the gunfire that rang out at 7:40 a.m. and a bullet damaged the window but did not penetrate it, Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Cracks radiated from the bullet hole in the window on the west side of the courthouse at 1000 Center St.

This burgundy Chevrolet suburban is believed to be the vehicle associated with a shooting at the Pittsburg courthouse Sept. 20, 2013.
This burgundy Chevrolet suburban is believed to be the vehicle associated with a shooting at the Pittsburg courthouse Sept. 20, 2013. (Pittsburg Police Department)

Surveillance footage from the west side of the courthouse shows the gun fired as the man was fetching it from a hiding spot in bushes across the street from the courthouse, near City Hall, authorities said.

After the gunfire, the man was seen running to a red Chevrolet sport utility vehicle. Sheriff's deputies and police were still looking for the man Friday afternoon. Authorities did not release a suspect description.

Officials said Friday afternoon it does not appear the courthouse or anybody inside of it was targeted.

The courthouse was conducting business as usual, said Mimi Lyster, spokeswoman for Contra Costa County Superior Court. Officials called for extra security at the building, and a relatively large number of sheriff's deputies were present outside the courthouse after the shooting.


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