Middleton workplace shooter dead, shot by police

Emergency personnel arrive on the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MIDDLETON (WLUK/AP) -- A Middleton office employee opened fire at his workplace where four were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning, according to Middleton police.

It happened at WTS Paradigm in Middleton, a city near Madison.

Just before 10:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to the office building for reports of an active shooter.

Middleton police chief Chuck Foulke says officers were on the scene and shot the suspect within 8 minutes of getting an emergency call.

Foulke says the shooter had a semiautomatic pistol, and shot at officers during the altercation.

Two police officers and two deputies confronted the shooter after entering the business.

That’s when he was shot by officials, and taken to the hospital where he later died.

During the shootout officers say three people were sent to the hospital seriously injured, while a fourth was “grazed”. That person was also sent to the hospital.

Foulke said during a press conference officials had reason to believe the shooter had plenty of extra ammunition and magazines on him.

Foulke described the actions of officers on the scene as heroic for “preventing more bloodshed.”

Officials are trying to figure out who shot the shooter, and how many times.

Officials say officers are thoroughly trained for active shooter situations, and the quick actions of officers that day saved lives.

“We learn from this stuff unfortunately, and we know we can’t wait. We can’t wait to get a team together they go in individually,” said Foulke at the press conference.

The software company building will be closed for an undetermined amount of time, but Foulke says they most likely won’t be open Thursday.

Officers don’t have the motive for the shooter, or if he targeted victims at the business.

Foulke said he doesn’t believe the shooter has a criminal background, and lives nearby in the city of Madison.

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