Wisconsin Workplace Shooter Dead, Shot by Police

September 19, 2018 03:04 PM

UPDATE 1:50 p.m.

Officials say the suspect in a Wisconsin workplace shooting has died after being shot by police.


Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke says there are no other suspects in the attack that occurred Wednesday morning at software company WTS Paradigm. Foulke says the suspect died after being shot by officers.

Foulke says three other people were wounded during the attack.

City Administrator Mike Davis initially said four people were injured during the shooting, but he and Foulke said the correct number is three, not including the suspect.

Foulke says officers were alerted to an active shooter situation at about 10:25 a.m. He didn't release details about the suspect or how the attack unfolded. He says officers are still interviewing witnesses.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.

Police in southeast Wisconsin are conducting a secondary search of an office building where four people were shot to make sure there are no additional victims or suspects.

Middleton police dispatcher Danielle Kimball says officers are still finding people who've been hiding since the Wednesday morning shooting at software company WTS Paradigm.

City Administrator Mike Davis says four people were wounded when the shooter opened fire around 10 a.m. Davis says the fifth person, believed to be the shooter, was also critically injured. Davis didn't elaborate.

Details about how the shooting unfolded haven't been released.

University Hospital in nearby Madison says it's treating four patients from the shooting. Two were in serious condition and one was critical. The condition of the fourth patient wasn't released.

St. Mary's Hospital says it's treating another patient for injuries that aren't life-threatening.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.

Authorities report five people are injured after a shooting in Middleton, Wisconsin, and they are being treated at two separate area hospitals. 

The active shooter was reported around lunchtime. We are standing by to hear more from authorities at a press conference. 

A citywide lockdown has ended. 

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. 

ABC-affiliate WKOW is reporting at least four victims are being treated at UW Hospital from reported Middleton shooting. 

WKOW reports police are saying a suspect is in custody. Schools were on lockdown as a precaution, but this has been lifted, WKOW reports. 

Authorities are expected to speak soon, and we are standing by for a press conference: 

Middleton police in Wisconsin report they are responding to an active shooter Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the situation is fluid at a commercial building in a suburb of Madison.

Coverage from ABC-affiliate WKOW:

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Dane County 911 communications center said the shooter was at an address Wednesday that includes companies Esker Software and WTS Paradigm.

The State Journal reports that the Dane County dispatch center said shots have been fired at Esker Software in Middleton. Police and multiple ambulances have responded.
Dane County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Elise Schaffer confirmed there is an "active shooter situation" and that the office is assisting Middleton Police with the response. She provided no additional information.

A State Journal reporter at the scene says at least 40 police squad cars and ambulances are outside the building. Police have set up a perimeter around the building.

The Middleton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter, according to ABC-affiliate WKOW.

“There is an active shooter in the area please lock all doors, stay inside and shelter in place. Police officers are on scene at this time,” the recording said.

A State Journal reporter on the scene said one woman was taken out of the building screaming, saying it was "a devastating loss" and was being held up by another person.
The shopping center next to the building, Greenway Station, was locked down at the direction of police, according to the center's general manager Corey Kautzky. There are 34 stores and restaurants in the center that were temporarily closed, Kautzky said.

Judy Lahmers, a business analyst at WTS Paradigm, said she was working at her desk when she heard shots at about 10 a.m. She said it sounded "like somebody was dropping boards on the ground, really loud."
Lahmers said she ran out of the building and hid behind a car. She said the building's glass entrance door shattered.
"I'm not looking back, I'm running as fast as I can. You just wonder, 'Do you hide or do you run?'" she said.
She said she knew that one co-worker had been grazed by a shot but was OK. She didn't have any other information. She said the shooting was "totally unexpected. We're all software people. We have a good group."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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