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At least 4 wounded in Wisconsin office shooting; suspect killed, official says

At least four people were shot at a software company in Middleton, Wisconsin, on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

(AP)

At least four people were injured, none fatally — during a shooting rampage in an office building in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

The suspect died after being shot by the police, a city official told The Associated Press.

The incident happened in the WTS Paradigm, a software company, in Middleton. The building where the shooting was reported also houses Esker Software.

City Administrator Mike Davis said that four people and the suspected gunman shot during the incident. The extent of the injuries were not immediately known, but that the wounded were transported to a hospital.

“It seems the situation is stable now,” Davis said. “The bad news is that there are four injured by the suspect.”

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Others who evacuated from the scene of the shooting were transported to a nearby hotel. At least 40 people were gathered in the parking lot of the hotel, waiting to be questioned by the police.

Judy Lahmers, a business analyst at WTS Paradigm, said she worked at her desk when she heard shots around 10 am They said that it sounded “like someone dropping boards on the ground, very hard.”

Lahmers told The Associated Press they 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 simply ask the question:`do you hide or do you?”‘ she said.

A woman is escorted from the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wis., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Lahmers said that she knew a co-worker was grazed by a bullet, but was otherwise OK. She said that the shooting was “totally unexpected. We are all software people. We have a good group.”

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on a woman, held by another person, is taken out of the building to shout about the “devastating loss.”

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Andrew King, an employee of TrafficCast, told the Wisconsin State Journal, he saw a person with a gun.

“I saw a guy walking with a gun in the building,” King said. “He was just on, and I saw no shooting.”

Emergency services arrive at the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wis., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP )

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.

Several police cars and ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the Wisconsin State Journal reported the FBI agents had also arrived. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were helping to Middleton police. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of St. Paul tweeted it was responding to the scene, also.

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 Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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