Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot by Nathaniel Richmond, the father of a teen who served 10 months behind bars for a well-reported rape. No immediate connection was drawn between the shooting and rape cases.
The man who shot and wounded an Ohio judge outside a courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, the Associated Press reports. Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot at 8 a.m. Monday near the courthouse in Steubenville, 30 miles west of Pittsburgh. The judge joined the probation officer in firing back at the assailant. Authorities identified the gunman as Nathaniel “Nate” Richmond, 51, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond. Ma’Lik, then 17, served 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party in 2012.
Investigators are seeking a motive in the shooting and haven’t found a connection to the rape case, said Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin. A visiting judge from Cincinnati handled most of the rape case. Bruzzese, 65, was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital, and is expected to survive. The attack had to be intentional because people know about the reserved spots where judges park, said a colleague of Bruzzese, Judge Joseph Corabi. “Everybody knows who parks there. That’s why it’s not an accident what happened. He was clearly an intended target,” Corabi said.