Shooting at a software company in Middleton

Posted at 10:53 AM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 06:10:39-04

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest on a shooting at a software company in Wisconsin (all times local):

   4:50 p.m.

Police say a Wisconsin software company employee had a semiautomatic pistol and plenty of ammunition when he opened fire at his office, seriously injuring several people before he was fatally shot by police.

Police say they don't know the motivation behind the Wednesday morning attack at WTS Paradigm in Middleton. Investigators haven't released the suspect's name but said he lived in nearby Madison.

Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke says three victims suffered serious injuries, while a fourth person suffered a graze wound.

Foulke says officers were on the scene and shot the suspect within 8 minutes of getting an emergency call. Foulke says he believes officers prevented "much more bloodshed."

He says the man fired at officers before he was shot.


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: Officers have shot the shooter who attacked people at a Middleton software company, injuring several, officials said. The shooter has died, officials said. 

Middleton police Chief Chuck Foulke said the suspected WTS Paradigm shooter has died. Four other people are injured and being treated at hospitals. 

Police have not yet released any details about the suspect or how the attack unfolded. 

The Dane County Communications Center received multiple reports of an active shooter in the 1800 block of Deming Way beginning at 10:25 a.m. 

Marlene Mecum, 48, was working at IMEG Corp. and heard two gunshots, she said. She and her coworkers sheltered in place, and when she finally left, she said she saw a pool of blood and one person put into an ambulance on Deming Way. 

Middleton City Administrator Mike Davis said the situation in Middleton was considered stable at about 12:40 p.m. The city lifted a lockdown in the area just after 1 p.m., saying the investigation is ongoing and "there will be police activity in the area for a prolonged period of time."


UPDATE: 1:49 P.M. -- Suspect in Middleton shooting dies from injuries. 


UPDATE: Reports now say 5 people being treated after shooting in Middleton. 



12:20 p.m.

A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during shooting at software company near Madison, Wisconsin.

The shooting occurred Wednesday morning in Middleton. City Administrator Mike Davis says the suspected shooter was also injured. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

The shooting was reported around 10 a.m. at WTS Paradigm. Davis says police have lifted a lockdown

A hospital spokesman says four people are being treated at University Hospital in Middleton.

UPDATE 12:14 P.M. -- Reports say suspect has been taken into custody. 

Four people have been hospitalized in a shooting at an office building in Middleton, according to WISC-TV in Madison.

UW Health confirmed four people have arrived at the hospital from the shooting scene, WISC says.

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Police are responding to a report of an active shooter at a commercial building in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin.

The Dane County dispatch center said shots were fired Wednesday morning at a building that houses Esker Software and WTS Paradigm in Middleton. Police and multiple ambulances have responded.

Dane County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer confirmed there was an "active shooter situation" and said her office is assisting Middleton police. She provided no additional information.

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 State Journal newspaper reports that one woman was taken out of the building screaming, saying it was "a devastating loss" and 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.

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