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Updated: Two judges visiting Indianapolis for a state judicial conference were shot and wounded in a White Castle parking lot early Wednesday.

Both judges are from Clark County, Indiana, where courts are closed for the day, report the Indianapolis Star, the Associated Press and the Indiana Lawyer. Both are hospitalized.

One of the judges, Bradley Jacobs, was in serious condition Wednesday, according to a statement by the Indiana Supreme Court. The other, Andrew Adams, was in stable condition. They were both elected in 2014.

Police said there is no evidence that the men were targeted because they were judges. The incident appears to be a random act of violence, according to a statement by the Clark County courts.

Judges Adams and JacobsJudges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs.

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush visited with the families of both judges. “Our judges across the state are heartbroken to learn of this violent act against our colleagues,” Rush said in a statement. “We send our prayers for a speedy recovery for both Judge Jacobs and Judge Adams and our love and support to their families and the Clark County community.”

The judges were in Indianapolis to attend the Spring Judicial College, a three-day educational event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court. Hundreds of judges from across the state are attending the conference.

Adams, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, hears major felony, estate, guardianship and tort cases. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law.

Jacobs, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve veteran, hears drug-related crime cases. He is a graduate of University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

Updated May 1 at 3 p.m. to include more information on the judges and the Spring Judicial College.