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Police seeking a motive in Ga. courthouse shooting

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say they are seeking to determine why a man carrying an assault rifle, explosives and supplies opened fire outside a Georgia courthouse, wounding one deputy before dying in a shootout.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Deputy Doug Rainwater says investigators' questions include any motive Dennis Marx, 48, had for the attack that began around 10 a.m. Friday on the courthouse square in Cumming. Marx had been scheduled to appear in court on a drug charge earlier Friday.

Streets near the courthouse were reopened Saturday but authorities say the building will be closed until damage from Friday's shootout is repaired. Rainwater was not sure whether Marx's home, where authorities had said they found explosives, was cleared.

Rainwater says the deputy shot is scheduled for surgery on his leg but doing well.

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