Three workplace shootings in three different states in a 24-hour period are putting American workers on edge. It seems it can happen anywhere these days and it does.
On Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old man showed up at the software company where he works outside Madison, Wisconsin, and opened fire. Four people at WTS Paradigm were injured, three seriously. The gunman was shot by police and later died at a hospital.
Later Wednesday, outside a busy courthouse near Pittsburgh, a gunman opened fire, shooting four people before a police officer shot and killed him. The shooting happened outside a courtroom at the Masontown Borough Municipal Center, where the suspect was scheduled for a hearing in a domestic violence case.
Then Thursday morning, in Aberdeen, Maryland, outside Baltimore a 26-year-old woman attacked co-workers at a Rite Aid distribution center, killing three people before turning the gun on herself. She later died at a hospital. Three others were injured in the rampage.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona, is all too familiar with the horrors of public shooting rampages. Giffords was shot and almost killed by a gunman who showed up at a constituent event she was attending in Tucson in 2011. When the barrage of bullets ended, Giffords and 18 others had been shot. Six people died in the attack.
After making a recovery, the former congresswoman started the gun violence prevention organization Courage to Fight Gun Violence.
“Three workplace active shooting attacks in just the last 24 hours should spark outrage in every American,” she said in a statement Thursday.
“No matter where you work, learn, play, or live – you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America,” Giffords said.
Giffords said the numbers are horrifying: Nearly 100 people are killed every day by gun violence.
“If gun violence feels like it’s become an everyday occurrence, that’s because it is.”
Giffords urged lawmakers and voters to address the shootings with stronger gun laws.
At the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal and Concourse F at the Atlanta airport, Delta plans to use facial recognition at check-in, at the security checkpoint, at boarding and at customs processing.
Atlanta-based Delta says international travelers flying on Delta between Atlanta and other countries can use facial recognition instead of their passports to get through those checkpoints at the airport.
It’s similar to what has been launched at other airports globally, including a biometric terminal opened last fall at Singapore Changi airport. Other airlines have also tested the use of biometrics at other airports.
In Atlanta, plans are for the technology to be at Concourse F gates at Hartsfield-Jackson by Oct. 15 and throughout the international terminal by Dec. 1.
However, international travelers will still need to bring their passports, and will still need to show their boarding passes at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.
And Delta’s deployment of facial recognition for international passengers in the international terminal doesn’t change the process for those traveling on domestic flights, or people flying other airlines.
Passengers have the option to opt out of the facial recognition process, according to Delta.
Those who want to use facial recognition can approach a kiosk in the lobby and click “Look,” or approach a camera at the ticket counter, the TSA checkpoint or when boarding. Once a green check mark flashes on the screen, the passenger can proceed.
Some privacy advocates have warned of risks of security based on facial scans.
A senior staff attorney with digital rights nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jennifer Lynch has said she is wary of facial recognition, and sees a threat to privacy, “our constitutional ‘right to travel’ and right to anonymous association.” And she said the greatest concern is the risk of a data breach.
The Delta rollout uses U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s traveler verification service and software developed by NEC Corp. Customs is required by Congress to begin collecting biometrics of foreign visitors when they leave the United States.
“We see very few people choosing to opt out of the process, because it makes it pretty easy for them,” said John Wagner, Customs and Border Protection deputy executive assistant commissioner. “There’s great potential here to change some of the pain points in the airport process, all based on some security mandates.”
According to Delta, facial recognition can save up to nine minutes of time during boarding. Passengers on Delta partner carriers Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Aeromexico can also use facial recognition technology in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.
“We’re scaling first in Atlanta at Concourse F, and as we get experience with that we’re going to look to scale it throughout our system ultimately,” said Gil West, chief operating officer of Delta. “We think it will over time become the norm in the travel experience.”
Delta has been testing facial recognition in recent years in partnership with Customs during boarding at Hartsfield-Jackson as well as in Detroit and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. It has also tested biometric boarding and bag drop, partners with biometric firm Clear for expedited security lines, and allows Sky Club members to use their fingerprints to enter clubs.
Also at the international terminal, TSA will soon roll out new computed tomography (CT) scanners at two automated screening lanes, meaning passengers won’t have to take electronics and other items out of their bags. TSA has been rolling out the new scanners at other airports around the country.
How it works
Customers flying direct to an international destination from Atlanta’s international terminal will need to:
• Enter their passport information when prompted during online check-in. You can also enter passport information at the terminal.
• Click “Look” on the screen at the kiosk in the lobby, or approach the camera at the counter in the lobby, the TSA checkpoint or when boarding at the gate.
• Wait for the green check mark flashes on the screen, then proceed.
*Have their passports available. Passengers should always bring their passports when they travel internationally for use at other touch points during their trip.
Those who don’t want to use the facial recognition technology can opt out.
Source: Delta Air Lines
Kohl’s is hiring for the holidays.
The department store chain announced Thursday that it plans to hire 90,000 seasonal employees nationally for more than 1,100 stores, nine distribution centers, and five-commerce fulfillment centers and credit centers, WTKR reported.
“Our early strategy is working and we’ve already hired thousands of associates to help us deliver an excellent omni-channel shopping experience of customers. On the heels of our early hiring efforts, we continue to see momentum in hiring at all locations with talented candidates interested in joining our team, and we are making significant efforts to keep this momentum going throughout the season,” said Ryan Festerling, Kohl’s executive vice president of human resources.
The temporary employees will receive an immediate 15 percent discount from the store, and a 35 percent discount to use in-store and online with no exclusions, WTKR reported.
Seasonal associates have the opportunity to be considered for open full-time and part-time positions after the season ends, Festerling said.
Kohl’s will be holding a hiring event on Oct. 20 at selected Kohl’s stores. Click here for more information.
Four people died Thursday after a temporary employee opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland, according to Harford County sheriff’s deputies. The suspected shooter was among the deceased, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.
Deputies in Harford County said they responded just after 9 a.m. to reports of a shooting with “multiple victims” near the intersection of Spesutia and Perryman roads.
Update 4:53 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: The gunman in the shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland has been identified as Snochia Moseley, 26, from Baltimore County, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Update 3:25 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: The shooter has been identified as a 26-year-old temporary employee. Gahler declined to release her name Thursday, although he said Thursday wasn’t her first day at the job.
“(She was) a temporary employee working her normal work day, who reported for her normal work day today,” he said.
Investigators believe she opened fire around 9 a.m. at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen. Gahler said the shooting appeared to have started outside the facility. It continued indoors, he said.
Deputies said the suspect shot seven people, including herself. Two people died at the scene while a third died at a hospital. Three other people were getting treatment for their injuries, which did not appear to be life-threatening, Gahler said.
Authorities found the suspected shooter on the floor of the Rite Aid distribution center Thursday. She had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head, Gahler said.
“She was in critical condition from the outset,” he said.
She used a 9mm Glock handgun that had been registered in her name during Thursday’s attack, according to deputies.
“We do not at this time have a motive for this senseless crime,” Gahler said.
Update 3:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: In a statement released to WMAR-TV, Pete Strella, manager of communications for Rite Aid, said the company’s distribution center in Aberdeen will remain closed for an unspecified amount of time in the wake of Thursday’s shooting.
Update 2:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Dr. Ray Fang, the trauma medical director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, said that two of the four people who were taken to the hospital after Thursday morning’s shooting were in stable condition. The other two were “very seriously injured,” Fang said.
“All four of them came to our trauma center with gunshot wounds,” he said at a news conference Thursday. “Two are stable and doing well and two were very seriously injured and we’re still awaiting confirmation that all their families are aware of their presence here and their injuries.”
He said some injuries were “significant,” and that he believed each patient suffered a gunshot wound to his or her upper body.
Sheriff’s deputies are expected to provide an update on the investigation at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m.
Update 2:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: An unidentified source told CNN that Thursday’s shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen was the work of a disgruntled employee.
According to CNN, the woman shot herself in the head in an apparent suicide attempt. When she was unsuccessful, she shot her self again, the news network reported.
Deputies did not immediately confirm the report.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference Thursday that the suspected shooter was hospitalized in critical condition after the incident. He did not elaborate on her injuries, although he said none of the officers responding to the incident fired any shots.
The shooting marked the third reported workplace shooting in two days, a situation that former U.S. Rep Gabby Giffords said “should spark outrage in every American.” Giffords was shot in the head in 2011 in an attempted assassination.
“No matter where you work, learn, play or live -- you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America,” she said. “If gun violence feels like it’s become an everyday occurrence, that’s because it is.”
She urged lawmakers and voters to address the shootings with stronger gun laws.
Update 2:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Deputies are expected to provide additional information about Thursday’s shooting at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m.
Update 1:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Dr. Ray Fang, the trauma medical director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, said the hospital was treating four people who suffered gunshot wounds in Thursday’s incident.
“We are waiting for confirmation that their families have been notified that they are here and have been notified of their condition before we can give you any specifics about their conditions,” Fang said at a brief news conference Thursday.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler confirmed earlier Thursday that multiple people were killed and several others wounded in the shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen. He did not specify the number of people killed or elaborate on injuries, however, an unidentified law enforcement official earlier told the AP three people were killed in the incident.
Gahler said the shooter, who has not been identified, was also hospitalized in critical condition after the attack. It was not clear how she was injured or the extent of her wounds. Gahler said none of the officers who responded to Thursday’s incident fired shots.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Update 12:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Sheriff’s deputies continued working Thursday afternoon to clear the Rite Aid distribution center where a deadly shooting claimed at least three lives.
Update 12:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler confirmed that multiple people were killed and several others wounded Thursday in a shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen.
Gahler declined to provide additional details. An unidentified law enforcement official earlier told the AP three people were killed in the incident.
The suspected shooter in the case, who has not been identified, was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting. It was not clear how the suspect was injured. Gahler said no officers fired shots while responding to the incident.
Authorities responded just after 9 a.m. after they received a report of multiple people shot at the center.
Gahler said investigators believe the suspect used a single handgun in Thursday’s attack. No other suspects are believed to be involved in the incident.
“We are so preliminary into this investigation,” Gahler said. “Keep the victims of today’s tragic events in your thoughts and prayers.”
Update 12 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Authorities told NBC News that the person who opened fire Thursday at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen is a woman.
It was not immediately clear how she was connected to the distribution center.
Unidentified officials told WBAL that the suspect was taken to a hospital. It was not clear what injuries she was being treated for.
Authorities are expected to provide additional details at a press conference later Thursday.
Update 11:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: A spokeswoman for Rite Aid told CNN that she understands that the distribution center where several people were shot Thursday morning has been secured.
Susan Henderson said about 1,000 people work at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen.
“The distribution center is where products are received and processed for delivery," she told CNN. "This is part of a large facility that is a distribution center. The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building."
Update 11:35 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: An unidentified law enforcement official told the AP three people were killed in Thursday morning’s shooting.
The official was not authorized to discuss details of the case and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.
Update 11:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: Officials with Harford County Fire and EMS said Thursday’s shooting happened at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen.
“The scene is still fluid,” officials said in an update issued around 11:10 a.m.
Authorities are expected to provide additional details at a news conference scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
Update 11:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that multiple people were killed in Thursday’s shooting.
Original report: “The situation is still fluid,” deputies said Thursday morning. People were asked to avoid the area.
Officials with the FBI’s Baltimore office also responded to the shooting.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan described the shooting as “horrific” in a statement Thursday.
“Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders,” Hogan said. “The State stands ready to offer any support.”
Check back for updates to this developing story.
A small-town community in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania is dealing with a huge loss.
Sophia Daugherty, 9, a fifth-grader at Laurel Elementary School, died Wednesday from complications of Type 1 diabetes.
Her family said she suffered an extreme blood sugar drop during a sleepover last weekend and was found unresponsive Sunday morning.
The girl was hospitalized at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with brain trauma and a herniated brain stem, according to updates on the You’re in Spartan Country Facebook Page.
Sophia was declared brain dead Wednesday afternoon and her organs donated to other children, according to Keri Jackson Daugherty.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday in New Castle.
The first full-service cannabis kitchen will open in Arizona on Oct. 5, KSAZ reported.
The breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be prepared by chef Carylann Principal, a cancer survivor, and her five-member staff, according to KSAZ. Restaurant officials said there would also be plenty of snacks available.
"We saw a large unmet need from patients who were regularly visiting our dispensary; they were looking to access fresh and healthy cannabis-infused foods," Eivan Shahara, CEO of The Mint Dispensary, told KSAZ. "We know the right kinds of healthy foods can help people to battle a variety of illnesses, from cancer to epilepsy to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. We're using our knowledge about food and nutrition to help patients in their search for fresh, healthy snacks and infused meals.”
The dispensary will serve the cannabis-laden food daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., KNXV reported. In mid-November The Mint Dispensary will offer catering services for birthdays, weddings and funerals. Home delivery will be offered during the holiday season, the television station reported. Everyone in these larger caterings would need to present a medical cannabis card.
The release Thursday of thousands of pages of files in the 1989 abduction and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling turned into a verbal scuffle between local and federal investigators over allegations that the investigation “went off the rails” shortly after the Minnesota boy’s disappearance.
Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson pointed out at a news conference that investigators had Jacob’s killer, Danny James Heinrich, on their radar as early as January 1990. It wasn’t until September 2016, however, that Heinrich, who was embroiled in a federal child pornography investigation, admitted he abducted and murdered Jacob, who vanished Oct. 22, 1989, as he rode his bike near his St. Joseph home with his brother and a friend.
Heinrich led investigators to Jacob’s remains, which were buried on a farm about 30 miles from where he kidnapped the boy. As part of a plea deal, Heinrich, now 55, is serving 20 years in federal prison on a child porn charge.
Gudmundson said Thursday that investigators wished the case had turned out differently.
“Stress and anxiety put us into tunnel vision,” the sheriff said. “All of us failed.”
Gudmundson told reporters Thursday that he believed they would find the most important information in the early part of the files, “where the investigation went off the rails.” He pointed out multiple instances in which Heinrich’s name surfaced early in the investigation, including with a shoe print and tire tracks at the Wetterling abduction scene that he said matched Heinrich and his vehicle.
The sheriff said he could not explain why investigators in 1989 missed or dismissed the clues.
“Because the case was so big, it was like a whisper in the crowd,” Gudmundson said. “But it should have been a persistent whisper in the crowd.”
Gudmundson also said that the public would not have a complete understanding of the case from the files being released because of the absence of crucial FBI files that a judge ordered the county to return to the federal government prior to releasing their own files. Of the more than 53,000 pages in the initial file, the FBI pulled about 12,500 of them, the St. Cloud Times reported.
After Gudmundson left the podium, former FBI agent Al Garber stepped up and challenged the sheriff’s account of the investigation. Garber led the federal investigation into Wetterling’s disappearance back in 1989.
“He has his beliefs, he has his understanding and he was going to make it fit the facts in this case,” Garber said. “I was there. I saw it every day.”
Gudmundson returned to the podium and told Garber to “take it outside.” He also urged the FBI to release its own files on the case, which was perhaps the most notorious unsolved disappearance in Minnesota history prior to Heinrich’s confession.
Some of the details Gudmundson said should have led investigators to Heinrich early in the search for Jacob included:
Similarities between Jacob’s abduction and the abduction in January of that year of a boy in Cold Springs. The victim in that case, Jared Scheierl, described the vehicle in which he was abducted as being a close match to the car Heinrich owned.
Gudmundson said it took investigators more than a month after the Wetterling abduction to suspect a possible connection between the two cases, and circumstantial evidence in the Cold Spring attack pointed to Heinrich as early as February 1990. DNA evidence later proved Heinrich’s involvement in Scheierl’s abduction.
Watch Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson’s entire news conference below.
There were several similar assaults in Paynesville -- where Jacob was later found buried -- in which a heavyset man wearing face paint or a mask threatened victims with a gun. When Jacob was abducted, his brother and friend described a masked man with a gun accosting them.
The suspect descriptions in many of the cases, including at least one drawing by a police sketch artist, greatly resembled Heinrich, the sheriff said.
The Wetterling task force also focused their attention on an alternate suspect, despite Heinrich failing a polygraph test and the shoe and tire tracks near the scene pointing to him as a suspect. That man’s name is being withheld because he was later cleared of the crime.
The Paynesville police chief in early 1990 said Heinrich should be considered a suspect in the case and, in a later interview, Heinrich was deceptive about the Wetterling and Scheierl kidnappings, Gudmundson said.
At some point in the beginning of 1990, Heinrich was placed under surveillance. Gudmundson said that Heinrich became aware of the tail and lost the officers following him.
“His actions certainly should have set off alarm bells,” Gudmundson said.
Investigators searching Heinrich’s property in 1990 found a trunk full of photos of children, which Gudmundson said “inexplicably…were not confiscated.” Heinrich later burned the photos.
He also asked a friend the month Jacob disappeared about getting rid of a body, Gudmundson said.
In February 1990, an intoxicated Heinrich was arrested and interrogated by the FBI, a move Gudmundson said was “perhaps the most fatal flaw in the Wetterling investigation.” The sheriff said not enough planning went into the arrest and the questioning following Heinrich’s arrest was left up to inexperienced detectives.
Ultimately, without enough to hold him, investigators had to release Heinrich.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Garber described as “ridiculous” Gudmundson’s assertion that the FBI disregarded Heinrich as a suspect. He said Heinrich asked for an attorney during questioning, which halted the interview.
“I want the picture to be clear,” Garber told reporters. “We’re not dopes. We’re not stupid. We didn’t do everything right, but we didn’t do this.”
Jacob’s parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling, issued a statement Wednesday expressing concern for anyone who might be hurt by the release of the documents, including people investigated who were later cleared in their son’s disappearance and death. The couple sued Stearns County last year to prevent some of the files from being made public, but lost the case.
“Our hearts hurt for anyone who is pained or hurt from the release of this file,” the Wetterlings said in the statement.
Patty Wetterling told the Star Tribune that over the years, victims of other crimes came forward asking investigators to look at those who’d hurt them as possible suspects in Jacob’s disappearance. Wetterling said a neighbor once told her he’d turned in his grandfather and his uncle as potential suspects.
“All I could say is, ‘Sorry, I’m so sorry,’” Wetterling told the newspaper.
Patty Wetterling was absent from Thursday’s news conference, as she was en route to an event at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C. Jerry Wetterling attended the news conference on behalf of the family.
Members of an Indiana family said they are unable to grieve properly because their relative has not been buried nearly two weeks after his funeral, WXIN reported.
Louis Meador, 62, died Sept. 1 and his funeral was six days later, the television station reported. Several days of rain prevented Meador’s burial, cemetery officials at Washington Park East Cemetery told WXIN, but Audrey Meador said her husband of 26 years still has not been interred.
"I just want to do right by him. I loved him so much. He was my world," Audrey Meador told the television station.
Members of the Meador family said they called the cemetery a few days ago and were told Louis Meador had been buried, WXIN reported. But they found an empty hole when they visited the plot.
"We walked up to a hole not covered with wood, not nothing. Mud tracks everywhere all over people's headstones," said Dawn Meador, Louis' daughter.
"I lost it. I expected a mound of dirt, you know, and there was just that hole with I know it had to be 2 foot of water or more," Audrey Meador said.
Mark McCrocklin, the Washington Park Cemetery Association’s general manager. told WXIN there was a miscommunication to move Meador from the temporary mausoleum, so officials thought he had been buried.
The plot and headstone, bought 10 years ago by Louis Meador, is still flooded and the family was offered another spot, McCrocklin told WXIN.
"This area it's just very low and everything drains to that point. Like I said even after the little dry spell we've had after the weather I did not feel comfortable when I was standing there," McCrocklin said.
The Meador family is seeking a full refund and wants to move Louis Meador to a new cemetery. McCrocklin said he would consider a refund and offered to schedule a burial for Friday. The family declined that offer, the television station reported.
"We can't fully get closure and try to finish our grieving process until my dad is resting peacefully," Dawn Meador told WXIN.
The identity of the gunman in a shooting rampage at a software company in Middleton, Wisconsin, Wednesday morning was released after an autopsy Thursday.
The Dane County medical examiner identified the accused shooter as Anthony Y. Tong, 43, of Madison, according to WISC-TV.
Four people were injured, three seriously, when Tong allegedly walked into WTS Paradigm, near Madison, and opened fire.
Update 3:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: The Dane County Medical Examiner has released the identity of the man suspected of injuring four in a shooting attack Wednesday morning at a software company in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Anthony Y. Tong, 43, was killed after police responded to the scene just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Tong died from “firearm-related trauma,” WISC reported, attributing the medical examiner.
Investigators have still not released a motive in the attack.
Update 9:00 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: The Middleton company where a shooting unfolding Wednesday morning issued a statement thanking police and emergency crews for their quick response, according to WKOW.
“The entire WTS Paradigm team is shocked and heartbroken by the incident that occurred today at our Middleton office,” company officials said.
“Our deepest thoughts are with all of our staff and their loved ones.”
Update 5:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Police in Middleton, Wisconsin, have not released the identity of the suspect in a shooting at the software company WTS Paradigm Wednesday morning that injured four people, except to confirm that he was an employee at the company.
Police Chief Chuck Foulke also told reporters during an afternoon press conference that investigators do not know the motive for the attack.
Foulke did say the suspect was “heavily armed with extra ammunition and magazines,” according to WISC-TV.
Four people were injured, three of them are hospitalized and a fourth was treated for a “grazing injury” and released, Foulke said.
The investigation is continuing.
Update 3:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Middleton police Chief Chuck Foulke confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the gunman, who has not been identified, died of his injuries, WISC-TV reported.
Foulke said three other people were injured before police responded to the shooting Wednesday morning and engaged the suspect.
Police are expected to provide additional information about the incident at a news conference scheduled to take place at 4 p.m.
Update 2:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Middleton police Chief Charles Foulke said the unidentified gunman who opened fire Wednesday morning at WTS Paradigm was among the four people injured in the attack.
Foulke did not identify the shooter, who was confronted by police after they were called to the building around 10:25 a.m.
“He was shot by officers and he is also at a local hospital,” Foulke said. “The main thing we can say right now is the suspect was neutralized, is at a local hospital, and that the public is no longer in danger from this incident.”
The chief said police believe the injured gunman is the only suspect in Wednesday’s shooting.
Authorities are expected to provide another update on the investigation at a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. local time.
Update 1:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Judy Lahmers, who works as a business analyst at WTS Paradigm, told WITI that Wednesday morning’s shooting was “totally unexpected.”
“We’re all software people,” she told the news station. “We have a good group.”
She said she heard what sounded “like somebody was dropping boards on the ground, really loud,” on Wednesday morning and ran from the building. She took shelter behind a car, according to WITI. At some point, she said the glass door to the building shattered.
“I’m not looking back, I’m running as fast as I can,” she told WITI. “You just wonder, do you hide or do you run?”
Hospital and city officials said at least four people were injured in Wednesday morning shooting, although their conditions were not immediately known. Citing officials with the Madison School District, WKOW reported the suspected shooter was in custody after the incident. City Administrator Mike Davis told The Associated Press that the unidentified shooter was also injured.
Update 1:35 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: City Administrator Mike Davis told The Associated Press that none of the four people injured in Wednesday’s shooting at the WTS Paradigm office in Middleton were fatally wounded. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
Davis told the AP that the person suspected of opening fire Wednesday morning was also injured. A lockdown of the building where the shooting took place was lifted a few hours after the incident, according to the AP.
Update 1:25 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: A person has been taken into custody after a reported shooting at a Wisconsin office building, WKOW reported, citing a letter from the Madison School District.
"I have confirmed with the Madison Police Department that the shooter has been taken into custody," Joseph Balles, the coordinator of school safety and security for the school district, said in the letter, according to WKOW. "Police are still searching this particular building for any other threats."
Police confirmed few details in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which was reported around 10:25 a.m. local time. At least four people were injured in the incident, UW Health officials told WISC-TV.
Police have not commented on any injuries associated with the shooting.
Update 1:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 19: Officials with Wisconsin’s UW Health told WISC-TV that four people were taken to the hospital after a reported shooting at an office building on Deming Way.
Their conditions were not immediately known.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported earlier Wednesday that the shooting took place at the office for Esker Software, however, the company’s director of sales, Dan Reeve, told WISC-TV that the shooting happened next door. The shooting took place at the offices for software company WTS Paradigm, according to witnesses.
Police have not confirmed any injury reports. Officials continue to investigate.
Original report: In a notice posted around 11:15 a.m. local time on Nixle, Middleton police warned that they were responding to “an active shooter in the 1800 block of Deming Way.”
They asked people in the area to lock their doors, stay inside and shelter in place “until further notice.”
Officials with the Dane County Communications Center confirmed to WGBA that officials were called around 10:25 a.m. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the shooting allegedly took place at an office building on Deming Way that houses Esker Software and other companies.
Few details were immediately available on the incident. Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the agency was also responding to the report Wednesday.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Check back for updates to this developing story.
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