An assistant district attorney for Kaufman County, Texas, just east of Dallas, was shot multiple times in broad daylight on Thursday morning just before 9 a.m. as he walked from his vehicle into the courthouse.


Police told NBC DFW they are searching for two suspects in a silver Ford Taurus, but they do not know who may have wanted to kill Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was connected to many drug and felony cases.

Police immediately locked down the courthouse and began a search for the perpetrators, "but we don't have solid information on there being two," a police spokesperson told reporters. "Preliminary information was that they might have been wearing some sort of [body armor] jacket of sorts."

A local defense attorney and friend to the victim reportedly said that Hasse had recently prosecuted cases involving gangs and white supremacists, indicating the killing may be retaliation.

"This is the first time in 20 years that I can remember here in North Texas a prosecutor actually being assaulted," Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood told a reporter for Dallas-based WFAA-TV.

This video is from NBC DFW, aired Thursday, January 31, 2013.

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