MIDDLETON, Wis. – Four people were shot and injured during a shooting Wednesday at a software company in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, according to a city administrator.
The suspected shooter was also wounded critically during the late morning shooting at WTS Paradigm in Middleton, the City Administrator Mike Davis said. He said that the police have lifted a lockdown, but are not directly additional information.
A spokeswoman at University Hospital said the hospital has accepted four patients from the shooting. Their conditions were not immediately available.
Judy Lahmers, a business analyst at WTS Paradigm, said she worked at her desk when she heard shots at about 10 o’clock They said that it sounded “like someone dropping boards on the ground, very hard.” Lahmers said she ran out of the building and hid behind a car. She said that the building through the glass door broken.
“I’m not looking, I’m almost as fast as I can. You just wonder, ‘do you hide or do you do it?'” she said.
She said that she knew a co-worker was grazed by a shot, but was OK. She had no other information. She said that the shooting was “totally unexpected. We are all software people. We have a good group.”
The Dane County dispatch center said that the shots were reported around 10 p.m. at the building, which also houses Esker Software. Police and multiple ambulances have responded.
Gabe Geib, a customer advocate at Esker Software, said he was working at his desk when he heard a few shots coming from next door, which “sounded like pops.” He said that he saw people that “full sprint” away from the building.
“We knew at that moment that something was wrong. A ton of people walked to the other side of the street, right in front of us,” he said. More than an hour after the shooting, he and his colleagues were huddled in the cafeteria, away from the windows.
Jeff Greene, who also works at Esker, said the police told them that in the cafeteria to go to the hotel to make a statement about what they saw.
At least 40 people were gathered in the parking lot of the hotel, waiting to be questioned by the police.
WTS Paradigm makes software for the build of the products of the industry. A Wisconsin State Journal profile of 2014 listed company employment to approximately 145 employees and stressed the company was looking to move to a larger location in time. The website of the company, was Wednesday.
The shopping mall next to the building, Greenway Station, was closed in the direction of the police, according to the center’s general manager Corey Kautzky. There are 34 shops and restaurants in the centre which have been temporarily closed, Kautzky said.
Middleton is situated approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.