Three people were wounded wounded in a shooting Wednesday morning at a software company in Middleton.
The suspected shooter was wounded by police and has died, according to numerous reports.
The wounded were transported to the University of Wisconsin hospital trauma center.
Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke said three people were shot at WTS Paradigm and the shooter was “neutralized” by officers and is was taken to an area hospital for gunshot wounds.
The call came in at around 10:30 a.m. for an “active shooter” at 1850 Deming Way. There are a number of businesses inside that building but the shooting occurred at WTS Paradigm.
Officers arrived at the building within about 4 minutes of being dispatched.
At 10:34 a.m., according to audio scanner traffic provided by Broadcastify, an officer radios to dispatch that he is “in contact” with the suspect. At 10:35 a.m., the officer radios, “Shots fired! Shots fired!”
At 10:37 a.m., according to Broadcastify, the officer tells dispatchers “subject is down” and calls for a ballistic shield so officers can approach the suspect.
The building was then cleared and declared safe; all lockdowns had been lifted by 1 p.m. Police were setting up a family reunification area at a nearby hotel.
The police chief declined to answer questions following the 1:15 p.m. press conference but said he would meet with media later this afternoon.
WMTV morning anchor Tim Elliot said on the air that a friend of his is an employee at the office where the shooting took place and saw the shooting.
“He was in a front conference room when a co-worker of his opens fire,” Elliot said. “He tells us he saw three or maybe four people get shot.”
Elliot said his friend ran from the building.
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.
Lahmers said one co-worker had been grazed by a shot but was OK. She didn’t have any other information.
The building also houses Esker Software.
Gabe Geib, a customer advocate at Esker Software, said he was working at his desk when he heard a couple of shots coming from next door which “sounded like claps.” He said he then saw people running “full sprint” away from the building.
“We knew at that point that something was going down. A ton of people were running across the street right in front of us,” he said. More than an hour after the shooting, he and his colleagues were huddled in place in their cafeteria, away from windows.
Marlene Mecum, who works at Sentry Insurance next to WTS Paradigm, said she heard several gunshots. She and her co-workers closed the doors and sheltered in place.
When she and her co-workers were finally able to leave “we saw one person that was really bloodied escorted out to one of the ambulances.”
“I’m always scared about (violence in) schools because I have kids in schools but you never think about it happening in businesses,” said Mecum.
According to Middleton Police radio traffic, there were at least “two officers involved in this shooting.” Dozens of officers then converged on the area.
Workers were evacuated and taken to a nearby hotel.
Madison schools emailed parents and said: “Police have contained the situation in Middleton, and again, there is no threat to our schools.”
WTS Paradigm was founded in 1999 and sells a variety of products including mobile technology to sell home improvement projects and engineering software. At 12:17 p.m. someone posted this message on WTS Paradigm’s Facebook Page: Thoughts and prayers for your company employees ….No one deserves this kind of violence …
A Madison television report said three ambulances were seen picking up people and quickly leaving the area. Another report said someone called 911 after seeing a woman run out of building with a gunshot wound.
At 12:30 two police snipers remained on the roof of a building adjacent to the WTS Paradigm building.
Officers at the scene requested the state Department of Criminal Investigation to respond to the scene.
Another officer radioed that she was following an ambulance to a hospital “with the suspect.”
A woman named Lydia told WISC-TV (Channel 3) that she got a text from a friend who works in an adjacent building who said she watched a man who had been shot run out of a building. Lydia said her friend called 911 to report an active shooter.
The FBI is assisting local law enforcement with the response, FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said. He declined to provide any other details.
Joe Taschler, Patrick Marley and Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel staff, Keegan Kyle of USA Today Network-Wisconsin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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