‘Deeply troubling’: WORT board president shocked after shooting at radio station
MADISON, Wis. — A shooting early Sunday at a Madison radio station was not a random act of violence against media, police said Monday.
Madison police said detectives believe the shooting at WORT radio station that injured a 33-year-old man was a targeted act against a specific person.
“We understand and appreciate the interest in this case beyond the local level but do not believe it has any relation to the current national dialogue on media,” police said in a news release.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 3:12 a.m. at the radio station on South Bedford Street. Other people were present at the time of the shooting, according to police. The injured man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and quickly discharged.
“I was stunned. I was shocked. I’ve heard about this happening in other places. Even in this community, there’s been shootings but to have it happen in your organization to people you know is pretty deeply troubling,” said David Devereaux-Weber, WORT board president.
After this scary situation for the staff at WORT radio, Devereaux-Weber says he’s planning on heightening security for the safety of his staff.
“We’ll probably begin recording and we’ll probably install a back door camera as well as a front door camera. We’re considering a key card entry rather than code entry, which means separate cards for everyone,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014 or Madison police.
The station was off the air for several hours Sunday morning and went back on air just after 9:30 a.m. Police said Sunday that it wasn’t clear how the shooter entered the building, as there were no signs of forced entry. WORT said the station will be tightening security.
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