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4 People Hurt in Shooting at Wisconsin Business

Suspected shooter was also critically injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2018 12:09 PM CDT
Updated Sep 19, 2018 12:48 PM CDT
Emergency personnel arrive at the scene where a shooting was reported at a software company in Middleton, Wis., a suburb of Madison, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Multiple people were reported to have been...   (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

(Newser) – Four people were shot and wounded during a shooting Wednesday at a software company in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, according to a city administrator. The suspected shooter was also injured critically during the late-morning shooting at WTS Paradigm in Middleton, City Administrator Mike Davis said. He said police have lifted a lockdown but did not immediately have additional information, the AP reports. A spokeswoman at University Hospital said the hospital has accepted four patients from the shooting. Their conditions were not immediately available. The Dane County dispatch center said shots were reported around 10am at the building, which also houses Esker Software. Police and multiple ambulances responded.

Judy Lahmers, a business analyst at WTS Paradigm, said she was working at her desk when she heard shots. 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 and 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." 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.

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