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Radio station shooting was not an attack on media, Madison police say

August 6, 2018

A shooting at a Madison radio station on Sunday was not an act of violence against the media, according to police detectives, and was probably a targeted shooting.

A disc jockey at WORT-FM was shot in the backside by a masked gunman who opened fire at about 3 a.m. Sunday in the studio, as three volunteer radio hosts scrambled for cover.

The shooter has not been found. Police released no new information on any suspects.

Police officer David Dexheimer said Monday morning the shooting has drawn national media attention because of the foment over the press being labeled an “enemy of the people.”

“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,” Dexheimer said.

He said detectives working the case are “becoming confident” that the shooting was not a random act of violence against the media.

“Indications are this is a targeted act against a specific person or persons,” Dexheimer said.

Dexheimer said Monday afternoon the public most likely is not in danger.

“We are pretty sure this (shooting) was by someone who knew somebody was going to be in the building at that time,” Dexheimer said.

The volunteer radio hosts at WORT at the time of the shooting were not identified. The investigation into the shooting is continuing, and more information will be released by police when it is available.

David Devereaux-Weber, president of WORT’s board of directors, said that the station has already made some adjustments to its security by changing door lock codes.

He said the station is also considering moving to a door key card system and will probably start recording security camera system footage instead of just using it for a live-feed.

In addition to questions about security measures from station volunteers, Devereaux-Weber also said that the station has received a lot of community support and an increase in donations since the shooting.

“It’s been challenging and gratifying,” he said.

Devereaux-Weber said the window that was shot was being replaced Monday afternoon by a station volunteer.

Those affected by the shooting will also be offered counseling at a meeting for volunteers with staff and the district attorney’s office later this week, he said.

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