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Kaufman County Courthouse Shooting: Two Suspects Open Fire On Prosecutor In Texas

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UPDATE 1:50 p.m. -- Police have confirmed the victim's identity as Mark Hasse, a 57-year-old assistant district attorney in Kaufman County, according to CBS. At this time, the suspects remain at large.

ORIGINAL STORY -- Police in Texas are hunting for two suspects who allegedly opened fire on a county employee outside a courthouse early Thursday morning, Fox News reports.

The victim, a prosecutor at Kaufman County Courthouse, was fatally shot, according to sources including the Dallas Morning news.

Authorities are searching for two male suspects, dressed in all black and driving a silver, "older model" Ford Taurus, according to KLTV. One suspect is believed to be wearing a tactical vest.

The shooting took place in a parking lot around 9 a.m., KDFW reports. The victim was on his way to misdemeanor court when the suspects ambushed and shot him multiple times.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office sent an email to staff which confirmed that the victim was a prosecutor, according to KHOU.

The message reads:

"This message is not intended to scare anyone but please be advised. A Kaufman County prosecutor was fatally shot a few minutes ago outside the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. Two masked gunman are the suspects. They have not been apprehended yet.

Please be aware of your surroundings when leaving the building for your safety. This is probably a isolated incident but until further notice if you plan to work past dark today please be careful and ask security for assistance escorting you to your vehicles if needed. I will keep you informed as to the arrest of the suspects when I am notified. Don’t panic but please be aware of your environment when leaving the building."

Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said he knew the victim well.

“He was revered and he did an outstanding job,” Wood said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We see each other every day… It’s a very small courthouse.”

All Kaufman County schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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