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Courthouse gunman came to court two days before shooting

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

According to court documents, Dennis Marx transferred the deed of his home over to a family member just 48 hours before he would be killed on the front steps of the Forsyth County Courthouse.

On Friday, Marx, 48, tried to drive into the courthouse, armed with explosives and guns, police said. Marx was killed during the assault.

A deputy was shot during the incident. James Rush underwent another surgery Monday morning but has a long road to recovery.

The documents obtained by CBS46 News show that Marx came into the Superior Court office and signed a Quitclaim Deed over to a person CBS46 has confirmed is a family member.

When the first shots were fired a 911 dispatcher was listening to that radio frequency and was able to send law enforcement to the area within seconds of the attack.

"I heard screams, shots fired at the courthouse, a car has rolled up on the courthouse steps," Ginger Adams said. "You feel sick to your stomach because you know what is going on, some of your people are out there getting hurt."

Adams has worked in the 911 center for nine years. She said anyone who heard that radio call out would have done the same thing she did.

"We are trained to listen to the radio channels and respond as fast as we can," Adams said.  "All of us work really hard to protect our law enforcement in the field."

Cindy Lesman was in courtroom one when the first shots were fired. Around 8:50 a.m. on Friday she said she saw a suspicious man enter the courtroom then leave.

"We think it was the shooter, so I have gone and made a statement," Lesman said. "It also felt good to thank the law enforcement officers who saved our lives, it gave me some closure."

Sheriff Duane Piper said his office is looking into whether or not Lesman did see Marx in her courtroom the day of the shooting. At this point, Piper said their investigation is focusing on whether Marx acted alone, or if he had accomplices. So far there is no evidence to suggest he had help, according to Piper.

Piper said Rush is in good spirits at the hospital.

"He is concerned about his NASCAR tickets, and wants to know who is going to cut his grass," Piper said.

Rush could be in the hospital for a few more days.

For more information about the court schedules, visit www.forsythclerk.com.

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