Police: 1 victim upgraded after workplace shooting


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MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities try to determine why a software program firm worker opened hearth inside his Wisconsin workplace, armed with a pistol and additional ammunition, and critically wounded a number of of his colleagues earlier than he was fatally shot by police.

Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke stated the motive behind the Wednesday morning assault at WTS Paradigm wasn't instantly clear. The identify of the suspect hasn't been launched, however police stated he labored on the firm and lived in close by Madison.

Police stated three individuals have been critically wounded in the course of the assault, whereas a fourth was grazed by a bullet. The individual critically injured had been upgraded to critical situation by Thursday morning, whereas the 2 different victims remained hospitalized in critical situation at College Hospital, based on a spokeswoman.

Regulation enforcement searched a home in Madison late Wednesday. Dane County Sheriff's Workplace spokeswoman Elise Schaffer stated the search was related to the capturing, however she declined to say whether or not the home belonged to the gunman.

WTS Paradigm launched a press release saying the corporate was "shocked and heartbroken," and dealing to arrange counseling for staff. The corporate requested the media to respect the privateness of the employees, notably the victims.

Officers have been alerted to an active-shooter state of affairs on the firm 10:26 a.m. Wednesday. Officers arrived inside minutes to discover a closely armed man. Investigators stated the person fired at officers earlier than he was shot. He later died at a Madison hospital.

Foulke stated 4 officers fired their weapons inside eight minutes of getting the decision, stopping extra bloodshed.

"I feel so much much less individuals have been injured or killed as a result of cops went in and neutralized the shooter," Foulke stated.

The chief stated he did not know if the victims have been focused or shot at random. He additionally stated investigators have been following all leads.

Judy Lahmers, a enterprise analyst at WTS Paradigm, stated she was working at her desk when she heard what sounded "like anyone was dropping boards on the bottom, actually loud." Lahmers stated she ran out of the constructing and hid behind a automotive.

She stated the constructing's glass entrance door was shattered.

"I am not wanting again, I am operating as quick as I can. You simply marvel, 'Do you disguise or do you run?'" she advised The Related Press.

She stated she knew one co-worker had been grazed by a bullet however was OK. She did not have some other details about the capturing however stated it was "completely sudden. We're all software program individuals. We've got a superb group."

The workplace constructing additionally homes Esker Software program. Gabe Geib, a buyer advocate on the firm, stated he was working at his desk when he heard what "appeared like claps." He stated he then noticed individuals operating away from the constructing at "full dash."

"We knew at that time that one thing was taking place. A ton of individuals have been operating throughout the road proper in entrance of us," he stated.

Geib stated he and his colleagues have been nonetheless huddled of their cafeteria, away from home windows, greater than an hour after the capturing. Jeff Greene, who additionally works at Esker, stated police informed these gathered within the cafeteria to go to a close-by lodge to make a press release about what they noticed.

Three yellow faculty buses filled with greater than 100 individuals, together with witnesses, have been unloaded at a lodge about 5 miles (eight kilometers) from the workplace constructing.

WTS Paradigm makes software program for the constructing merchandise business. A Wisconsin State Journal profile from 2014 listed firm employment at about 145 staff and famous the corporate was trying to transfer to a bigger location on the time.

Middleton is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.


Related Press writers Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee, and Amy Forliti and Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis contributed to this report.