Police: Shooting inside Madison radio station not random
Aug. 05, 2018
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A shooting inside a community radio station in Wisconsin injured a disc jockey and sent station volunteers running for cover early Sunday, and police said it didn't appear to be a random attack.
Officers were called to the shooting at WORT-FM in Madison shortly after 3 a.m. A 33-year-old man was found at the scene with gunshot injuries and taken to a hospital, police spokesman Howard Payne said.
The station said a man wearing a mask and hood entered the station and opened fire on three workers. Police said there were no signs of forced entry into the building.
The shooter "fired a number of shots," the president of WORT's board of directors, David Devereaux-Weber, told the Wisconsin State Journal . He said volunteers ducked for cover and ran into the master control room before hiding in the music library and calling 911.
The station identified the wounded man as a DJ, saying he had been treated and released from a hospital.
Police said investigators were still searching for the suspect Sunday afternoon.
The shooter entered the station during the transition between the midnight program and 3 a.m. show, Devereaux-Weber said. A code is needed to enter the building, and it's unclear whether the shooter knew the code or held the door open after someone entered the station, Devereaux-Weber said.
The station was off-air following the shooting but returned to broadcasting about six hours later. WORT said the station plans to tighten security.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj