Chief: WTS Paradigm shooter exchanged gunfire with officers

Shooter struck by gunfire, died at hospital

Officers have shot and killed the shooter who attacked people at a Middleton software company, injuring several, officials said. The shooter has died, officials said.

Middleton police Chief Charles Foulke said the suspected WTS Paradigm shooter has died. Three other people are injured and being treated at hospitals.

#BREAKING: @middletonpd Chief Chuck Foulke reporting the suspect in today’s shooting has died. Three others injured and hospitalized. #news3 #Middletonshooting

— Stephanie Fryer (@stephfryermedia) September 19, 2018

Timeline from @middletonpd on #Middletonshooting:
10:26 first call about shooting
10:29 first officer arrived
10:31 6 officers on scene
10:34 officers in contact with the suspect #news3

— WISCTV News 3 (@WISCTV_News3) September 19, 2018

From the first 911 call to the moment the shooter was taken down, it was 8 minutes, Foulke said. The shooter and officers exchanged gunfire inside the building and the shooter was hit, stopping him. He died at the hospital.

“I believe (the officers) prevented much more bloodshed from happening,” Foulke said. “A lot less chaos occurred because of their actions.”

Three people were seriously wounded and are at the hospital, a fourth person received a grazing-type injury and was taken to the hospital, Foulke said.

“We have reason to believe the suspect was heavily armed with a lot of extra ammunition, a lot of extra magazines,” Foulke said.

The motive for the shooting wasn’t yet known Wednesday, Foulke said.

.@middletonpd says they have not had contact with the suspect prior to the shooting, that he lives in the city of Madison. #news3

— WISCTV News 3 (@WISCTV_News3) September 19, 2018

Middleton police said businesses at and near the scene at 1850 Deming Way will remain closed for the next 24 to 48 hours while investigators from the state Division of Criminal Investigation, FBI and ATF continue their investigation.

Marlene Mecum, 48, was working at IMEG Corp. and heard two gunshots, she said. She and her coworkers sheltered in place, and when she finally left, she said she saw a pool of blood and one person put into an ambulance on Deming Way.

Middleton City Administrator Mike Davis said the situation in Middleton was considered stable at about 12:40 p.m. The city lifted a lockdown in the area just after 1 p.m., saying the investigation is ongoing and “there will be police activity in the area for a prolonged period of time.”

Two of the people being treated at UW Hospital were reported to be in serious condition and one was in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Dan Reeve, director of sales at Esker Software, said a shooting happened next door. All Esker employees were safe.

A family reunification center has been established at the Madison Marriott West on John Q Hammons Drive, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Middleton police said anyone who was involved in the incident or affected by it and needs help or emotional support can contact the Dane County Crime Response Unit at 608-376-0164. The Crime Response Program provides services to victims of crime, their families, witnesses in the early stages of the investigation.

A brief lockdown at the Middleton High School, Kromrey Middle School and Clark Street Community School was lifted at about 12:15 p.m., a district spokesman told News 3. Multiple other area businesses, including the Greenway Station mall and child care facilities, were also briefly locked down Wednesday.