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Maryland Sheriff: 'Multiple Victims' in Shooting at Rite Aid Distribution Center

Officer.com - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:57
Harford County Sheriff's officials reported that "multiple victims" were shot at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen Thursday morning.
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NIST Updates Forensic Standard Reference Materials

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:49
NewsNIST recently released updated versions of two forensic standard reference materials — the standard bullet and the human DNA quantitation standard.Contributed Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Topics: Crime Lab
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Taiwan Tracing US Gun Company Owner Accused of Sex With 16-year-old Girl

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:43
NewsTaiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
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'Croydon Cat Killer' Mystery Solved by Police

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:37
NewsThe Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats in Croydon and the surrounding area. During the probe, detectives received more than 400 similar reports of cats being mutilated across London and surrounding counties. However, all of the cases will now be recorded as "no crime."Contributed Author: BBC NewsTopics: Unsolved
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US Doubles Tribal Funding to Fight Violence Against Women

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:32
NewsThe U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said.Contributed Author: Mary Hudetz, Associated Press
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How to maintain safe and operational police firearms

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:30
Author: Andrew L. Butts

What comes to mind when someone mentions firearms maintenance? If you’re like most shooters, you‘ll envision a field-stripped firearm on a table along with a toothbrush, a few rags and some solvent. While maintenance certainly involves periodic cleaning, firearms instructors might be selling our officers short where maintenance is concerned.

As a firearms enthusiast, it is easy to forget that not everyone shares the same attention to detail needed when cleaning these complex machines. While even novice shooters might understand the steps involved to field strip a weapon, they may not know what to look for once the weapon is apart.

It is important to make sure your officers can identify unusual wear or broken parts and rectify the problem before it becomes a safety issue. As department or agency firearms instructors, using some or all of the steps below will make sure weapons are always operational and ready for duty.

1. Perform function checks.

There are a series of simple checks that should be used any time a weapon has been reassembled after cleaning or even before going on shift. These include checking the functionality of the weapon’s safety, trigger, magazine release and sights. Make sure your officers know what they’re looking for while conducting their checks and what to do if a weapon fails the checks. Of course all safety rules apply. Make sure you’re performing checks with an empty weapon and with a safe backstop.

2. Know what broken parts look like.

Identify certain key components that have shown to be prone to wear, chips or cracks in your particular weapon. Make sure your officers understand what they’re looking for and what these components look like both in proper working condition and broken. Save a small collection of broken parts as training aids so your people can see for themselves what to look for. In addition, keep a supply of new components on hand so they can be quickly replaced to minimize down time.

3. Schedule all duty weapons (both department and personally owned) for periodic armorer inspections.

These scheduled inspections will vary depending on the weapon’s use, round count and design but, at a minimum, it is a good idea to have all weapons inspected annually. This inspection should include anything that isn‘t easily checked by the user and may include some preventive maintenance like changing out recoil and magazine springs. New springs are a cheap and effective insurance policy against failure in the field and a prematurely abbreviated service life.

4. Involve the manufacturers.

Many of today’s manufacturers conduct basic and advanced armorer’s classes. These courses give selected officers the ability to thoroughly disassemble, inspect and repair service firearms while keeping any manufacturer’s warranties in place. Be sure to provide the manufacturer(s) with feedback. The firearms market is a competitive one and companies are always looking to improve the quality and durability of their duty products. If you’ve had a rash of feeding problems when a flashlight is attached or with a certain type of ammo, let the manufacturer know so steps can be taken to correct the issue.

5. Consider gauging.

Using measuring gauges is generally not seen outside the military and benchrest communities, but that doesn’t mean there’s no place for gaging in the law enforcement environment. Using headspace and throat erosion gauges will help determine a weapon’s safety status and overall condition. Specific gauges are available from gunsmithing supply companies.

Conclusion

Firearms, like automobiles, have a finite lifespan that can be drastically shortened without proper preventive care. Using the steps above, you should be able to develop an estimated service life for your duty weapons and be able to budget and plan rebuilds and replacements accordingly. In a perfect world, you’ll be able to monitor and replace aging weapons before they are worn to the point of unreliability or become a safety hazard.


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How to maintain safe and operational police firearms

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:30
Author: Andrew L. Butts

What comes to mind when someone mentions firearms maintenance? If you’re like most shooters, you‘ll envision a field-stripped firearm on a table along with a toothbrush, a few rags and some solvent. While maintenance certainly involves periodic cleaning, firearms instructors might be selling our officers short where maintenance is concerned.

As a firearms enthusiast, it is easy to forget that not everyone shares the same attention to detail needed when cleaning these complex machines. While even novice shooters might understand the steps involved to field strip a weapon, they may not know what to look for once the weapon is apart.

It is important to make sure your officers can identify unusual wear or broken parts and rectify the problem before it becomes a safety issue. As department or agency firearms instructors, using some or all of the steps below will make sure weapons are always operational and ready for duty.

1. Perform function checks.

There are a series of simple checks that should be used any time a weapon has been reassembled after cleaning or even before going on shift. These include checking the functionality of the weapon’s safety, trigger, magazine release and sights. Make sure your officers know what they’re looking for while conducting their checks and what to do if a weapon fails the checks. Of course all safety rules apply. Make sure you’re performing checks with an empty weapon and with a safe backstop.

2. Know what broken parts look like.

Identify certain key components that have shown to be prone to wear, chips or cracks in your particular weapon. Make sure your officers understand what they’re looking for and what these components look like both in proper working condition and broken. Save a small collection of broken parts as training aids so your people can see for themselves what to look for. In addition, keep a supply of new components on hand so they can be quickly replaced to minimize down time.

3. Schedule all duty weapons (both department and personally owned) for periodic armorer inspections.

These scheduled inspections will vary depending on the weapon’s use, round count and design but, at a minimum, it is a good idea to have all weapons inspected annually. This inspection should include anything that isn‘t easily checked by the user and may include some preventive maintenance like changing out recoil and magazine springs. New springs are a cheap and effective insurance policy against failure in the field and a prematurely abbreviated service life.

4. Involve the manufacturers.

Many of today’s manufacturers conduct basic and advanced armorer’s classes. These courses give selected officers the ability to thoroughly disassemble, inspect and repair service firearms while keeping any manufacturer’s warranties in place. Be sure to provide the manufacturer(s) with feedback. The firearms market is a competitive one and companies are always looking to improve the quality and durability of their duty products. If you’ve had a rash of feeding problems when a flashlight is attached or with a certain type of ammo, let the manufacturer know so steps can be taken to correct the issue.

5. Consider gauging.

Using measuring gauges is generally not seen outside the military and benchrest communities, but that doesn’t mean there’s no place for gaging in the law enforcement environment. Using headspace and throat erosion gauges will help determine a weapon’s safety status and overall condition. Specific gauges are available from gunsmithing supply companies.

Conclusion

Firearms, like automobiles, have a finite lifespan that can be drastically shortened without proper preventive care. Using the steps above, you should be able to develop an estimated service life for your duty weapons and be able to budget and plan rebuilds and replacements accordingly. In a perfect world, you’ll be able to monitor and replace aging weapons before they are worn to the point of unreliability or become a safety hazard.


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Court Allows Reporters to Inspect Slain Family’s Autopsies

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:22
NewsReporters on Wednesday viewed preliminary autopsy reports in the still-unsolved slayings of eight Ohio family members in one of the state’s most notorious crimes, following a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court. The reports provided few new details.Contributed Author: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
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4 dead, including suspect, after Md. warehouse shooting

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:20

By David McFadden Associated Press

ABDERDEEN, Md. — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded.

The suspect was a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center in northeastern Maryland, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference. The sheriff's office said in a tweet a short time later that she had been identified as Snochia Moseley of Baltimore County.

It appears only one weapon was used — a 9 mm Glock handgun that was registered in Moseley's name — and no shots were fired by responding law enforcement officers, Gahler said. He said authorities don't know her motive. She died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Krystal Watson, 33, said her husband, Eric, works at the facility and told her told her that the suspect had been arguing with somebody else near a time clock after a "Town Hall meeting."

"And she went off," she said.

"She didn't have a particular target. She was just shooting," Watson said as she drove away from a fire station where relatives tried to reunite with loved ones.

"She didn't aim. She just shot," Watson said.

Area hospitals reported receiving five patients from the incident.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore said it was treating four patients with gunshot wounds. Two were in stable condition and two who were seriously injured.

A spokesman for a health system that includes Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, said one patient was being treated there. Christiana Care Health System spokesman Hiran Ratnayake said the person was in serious condition.

Gahler said the call about shots fired came in at about 9:06 a.m. and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just over five minutes.

He said the suspect had reported for the work day as usual, and around 9 a.m. the shooting began outside the business and continued inside.

The shooter had two or maybe three magazines for the gun. He did not know how many shots were fired.

Mike Carre, an employee of a furniture logistics operation next to the distribution center, said he helped tend to a wounded man.

Carre locked the doors of his workplace after the injured man came hobbling in, bleeding from his leg. He called 911 from a bathroom before helping colleagues wrap the man's blood-soaked jeans above his injury to cut off blood flow.

Carre said the man told him the shooter "just came in in a bad mood this morning. He said she's usually nice. But today, I guess it wasn't her day. She just came in to pick a fight with someone."

"She pulled out a gun and she just started shooting at her co-workers."

At a nearby fire station, family members waited for hours to be reunited with loved ones. Police blocked off the road outside but waved in cars driven by people who said they were there to meet up with people who were at the distribution center.

Reggie Rodgriguez's mother works at the distribution center. His wife had tried calling her numerous times but got no answer.

"I was calling her all morning. It went to voicemail because they keep their phones in lockers," said Kelly Rodriguez, 40.

When they finally reached his mother Thursday afternoon, Reggie Rodriguez said, "That's all I wanted to do: Hear her voice." His mother was uninjured. He said she sounded relieved the crisis was over.

A law enforcement official said authorities worked their way through the distribution center to clear the facility.

The attack came nearly three months after a man armed with a shotgun attacked a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five staff members. Authorities accused Jarrod W. Ramos of attacking The Capital Gazette because of a longstanding grudge against the paper.

Susan Henderson, spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, described the warehouse as a support facility adjacent to a larger building.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said that unfortunately, incidents like this are "becoming a too-often occurrence not only in Harford County but in the country."


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Officials: 3 killed, suspect in custody after Md. shooting

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:20

Associated Press

ABDERDEEN, Md. — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

A suspect was taken into custody and was in critical condition, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a news conference.

It appears only one weapon, a handgun, was used and no shots were fired by responding law enforcement officers, Gahler said. He also said multiple people had been killed and wounded in the shooting, without giving any other details on casualties.

A Baltimore hospital said it had received four patients with gunshot wounds from the shooting. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center spokeswoman Monica Stone said in an email Thursday that she was unable to provide details about the patients' conditions.

Gahler said the call about shots fired came in from the Rite Aid distribution center at about 9:06 a.m. and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just over five minutes.

"We are so preliminary in this investigation," Gahler said. "It's so important that we deal in facts." He said authorities don't want to "make it worse" for the families involved by giving out incorrect information.

Mike Carre, an employee of a furniture logistics operation next to the distribution center where the violence erupted, says he helped tend to a wounded man.

Carre locked the doors of his workplace after the injured man came hobbling in, bleeding from his leg. He called 911 from a bathroom before helping colleagues wrap the man's blood-soaked jeans above his injury to cut off blood flow.

At a nearby fire station, family members were waiting to be reunited with loved ones. Police blocked off the road outside but were waving in cars driven by people who said they were there to meet up with people who were at the distribution center.

The attack came nearly three months after a man armed with a shotgun attacked a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five staff members. Authorities accused Jarrod W. Ramos of attacking The Capital Gazette because of a longstanding grudge against the paper.

The FBI described the Aberdeen incident as an "active shooter situation" and said its Baltimore field office was assisting.

In a tweet, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support.

Susan Henderson, spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen. She described it as a support facility adjacent to a larger building.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said that unfortunately, incidents like this are "becoming a too-often occurrence not only in Harford County but in the country."


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Suspect in custody after multiple people killed in Md. shooting

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:20

Associated Press

UPDATE 9:21 a.m. (PST):

Law enforcement officials say the lone suspect in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland is in custody in critical condition.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler says there is no longer any threat at the site of the Thursday morning shooting. He says there are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities. He didn't go into further details about the casualties at a Thursday afternoon news conference. He says authorities are taking care in the preliminary investigation to avoid giving incorrect information.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that three people were killed in the shooting. The law enforcement official has knowledge of the shooting but wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. The official stressed that the number is based on preliminary information.

Gahler says the call about shots fired came in from the Rite Aid distribution center at 9:06 a.m., and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just over five minutes.

UPDATE 8:33 a.m. (PST):

Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting in northeast Maryland, according to a law enforcement official.

The law enforcement official had knowledge of the shooting but wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. The official stressed that the number is based on preliminary information.

The FBI described it as an "active shooter situation" and said its Baltimore field office was assisting.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the shooting involved "multiple victims" and warned that the situation was still fluid and asked people to avoid the area.

In a tweet, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support.

EARLIER:

ABERDEEN, Md. — An official says multiple people have been killed in a shooting Harford County, Maryland.

The law enforcement official has knowledge of the shooting but wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the Perryman area that involves "multiple victims." They warn that the situation is still fluid and asked people to avoid the area.

The FBI's Baltimore field office tweets that it's responding and assisting the sheriff's office with an active shooter situation. The Baltimore field division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweets that its special agents are responding too.


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Official: 3 people killed in Md. shooting

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:20

Associated Press

ABERDEEN, Md. — An official says multiple people have been killed in a shooting Harford County, Maryland.

The law enforcement official has knowledge of the shooting but wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the Perryman area that involves "multiple victims." They warn that the situation is still fluid and asked people to avoid the area.

The FBI's Baltimore field office tweets that it's responding and assisting the sheriff's office with an active shooter situation. The Baltimore field division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweets that its special agents are responding too.


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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:15
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (#401-764-5605) On September 18, 2018, members of the Major Crimes Unit arrested Susan Bedrossian, age 30, of 82 Wainwright Street, Providence, Rhode Island, for the following: 1.) Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses over $1500.00;
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Two Maryland Police Officers Shot While Serving Warrant

Officer.com - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:59
Two Prince George’s County police officers were wounded in a shooting Wednesday night while serving a drug-related search warrant in District Heights.
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3 hurt in Pa. court shooting leave hospital; gunman identified

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:47

Associated Press MASONTOWN, Pa. — Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded courtroom have been released from hospital, officials said Thursday.

The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, following Wednesday's shooting in southwestern Pennsylvania's Fayette County. The two men, ages 35 and 47, and a 39-year-old woman were all released Wednesday night, the hospital said.

The gunman, Patrick Dowdell, 61, of Masontown, was shot and killed by a German Township police officer. Another officer who was wounded, Masontown police Sgt. R. Scott Miller, was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Dowdell entered the lobby in Masontown around 2 p.m. Wednesday with a handgun drawn and opened fire, authorities said. He had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence.

Miller first encountered Dowdell and was injured when he exchanged gunfire with the shooter. When Miller took cover, Fayette County prosecutor Richard Bower said, the gunman fired shots injuring the two men and one woman.

Dowdell had been arrested Aug. 25 and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, strangulation, simple assault and harassment. It wasn't clear whether any of the wounded civilians were connected to that domestic violence case.

Miller, who was shot in the hand, is expected to make a full recovery.


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STRmix™ USE LEADS TO INDIANA MURDER CONVICTION

Officer.com - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:44
STRmix™ – the sophisticated forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret – has been used to convict 33-year-old Keith Ivory in the June 2016 shooting death of Bethel Smallwood.
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DT Research Designs 7-inch Multifunctional Rugged Tablets that Deliver Unparalleled Versatility

Officer.com - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:39
Slim, Durable, Sunlight-Readable, High-Performance 4G Tablet with 2D Scanner, RFID and GNSS Offers Ideal Feature Set for Company-wide Standardization
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Police: Wis. gunman had no criminal history

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:38

Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin software worker who opened fire on his fellow employees in their office had worked for the company for almost 18 months and had no criminal history in the state, authorities said Thursday.

Police killed the man in a shoot-out Wednesday morning inside WTS Paradigm's Middleton offices while responding to reports of an active shooter. Police said three people were seriously wounded and remained hospitalized. A fourth person was grazed but a bullet.

Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said the gunman was 43 years old and had worked at WTS Paradigm since April 2017. Foulke said the man had no criminal history in Wisconsin and lived alone in nearby Madison. Officers searched the gunman's house Wednesday evening, but Foulke didn't say what they found.

The chief said investigators still don't know what prompted the attack .

"I'm dying to know the motive also," Foulke said during a Thursday news conference. "We just have not found one yet."

One victim was critically wounded but had been upgraded to serious condition by Thursday morning, while the two other victims remained in serious condition at University Hospital, according to a spokeswoman.

Foulke said investigators had interviewed two of those victims. He did not say what they divulged but called the conversations "really important interviews."

The names of the gunman and the victims haven't been released.

WTS Paradigm officials issued a statement Wednesday saying the incident was shocking and heartbreaking, but the company provided no information about the shooting. A company spokesman didn't reply to an email Thursday seeking updates from The Associated Press.

Officers were called to WTS Paradigm in Middleton, a Madison suburb of about 17,440 people, just before 10:30 Wednesday. Foulke said officers arrived within 8 minutes of receiving emergency calls and found the gunman wielding a semiautomatic pistol. Foulke said the man was carrying extra magazines as well.

Two Middleton officers and two Dane County sheriff's deputies exchanged gunfire with the man, killing him. The officers and deputies were not hurt, Foulke said.

The police chief said he didn't know if the victims were targeted or shot at random. He added that federal authorities are tracing the history of the gunman's pistol to determine how he acquired it.

WTS Paradigm makes software for the building products industry. A Wisconsin State Journal profile from 2014 listed company employment at about 145 workers and noted the company was looking to move to a larger location at the time.

The company has posted You Tube videos depicting a loose atmosphere in an upscale office marked by a breakroom that resembles a bar, a ping-pong table and a shuffleboard table, and workers in jeans and sweatshirts.

One video depicts an office Olympics in which workers compete by pedaling themselves around in their chairs and toss garbage in wastebaskets. Another video touts the company's charity contributions, including donations to the Madison Children's Museum, the American Diabetes Association and Habitat for Humanity.


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Police: Motive unknown in Wis. office shooting

Police One - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:38

Associated Press MIDDLETON, Wis. — Authorities said they still don't know why an employee at a Wisconsin software company went to his office with a pistol and extra ammunition and began firing on his colleagues, seriously injuring several, before he was fatally shot by police.

Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said the shooting happened Wednesday morning at WTS Paradigm. Officers were alerted to an active-shooter situation at 10:26 a.m. and arrived to find a man armed with a semi-automatic pistol and extra ammunition. The man fired at officers before he was shot, and he later died at a Madison hospital.

Foulke said four officers fired their weapons within eight minutes of getting the call, preventing more bloodshed.

"I think a lot less people were injured or killed because police officers went in and neutralized the shooter," Foulke said.

Foulke released few details about the suspect: that he was an employee of WTS Paradigm and lived in nearby Madison.

The chief said he didn't know if victims were targeted, adding that investigators were following all leads.

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

Judy Lahmers, a business analyst at WTS Paradigm, said she was working at her desk when she heard what sounded "like somebody was dropping boards on the ground, really loud." Lahmers said she ran out of the building and hid behind a car.

She said the building's glass entrance door was shattered.

"I'm not looking back, I'm running as fast as I can. You just wonder, 'Do you hide or do you run?'" she told The Associated Press.

She said she knew one co-worker had been grazed by a bullet but was OK. She didn't have any other information about the shooting but said it was "totally unexpected. We're all software people. We have a good group."

WTS Paradigm Marketing Manager Ryan Mayrand said in a statement Wednesday evening that the company was "shocked and heartbroken" and was working to set up counseling for workers. He asked the media to respect the privacy of the workers, particularly those who were among the victims.

University Hospital in Madison confirmed Wednesday evening that it was still treating three victims from the shooting, saying one was in critical condition and two were in serious condition.

Police conducted a secondary search of the office building after the shooting to ensure there were no more victims or suspects — and officers discovered some people still hiding in the building, which also houses Esker Software.

Gabe Geib, a customer advocate at Esker Software, said he was working at his desk when he heard what "sounded like claps." He said he then saw people running away from the building at "full sprint."

"We knew at that point that something was going down. A ton of people were running across the street right in front of us," he said.

Geib said he and his colleagues were still huddled in their cafeteria, away from windows, more than an hour after the shooting.

Jeff Greene, who also works at Esker, said police told those gathered in the cafeteria to go to a nearby hotel to make a statement about what they saw.

Three yellow school buses full of more than 100 people, including witnesses, were unloaded at a hotel about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the office building. Some people hugged as they were reunited with loved ones. Others stopped to pet a dog that had been brought by someone picking up a worker.

WTS Paradigm makes software for the building products industry. A Wisconsin State Journal profile from 2014 listed company employment at about 145 employees and noted the company was looking to move to a larger location at the time.

The company's website was down Wednesday.

A shopping center next to the building was temporarily put on lockdown at the direction of police.

Middleton is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.


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State Troopers Respond for Water Rescue in Riverhead

State - NY Police - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:26
On Wednesday September 19th, 2018, Troopers and Riverhead  Police responded to a call for an unconscious subject face down in the Peconic River.
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