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Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, three seriously hurt

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A heavily armed man opened fire on his co-workers at a Wisconsin software company on Wednesday, seriously wounding three people before being fatally shot by police as employees ran from the building or hid inside, according to investigators.

Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said officers shot the man within 8 minutes of receiving calls about an active shooter at WTS Paradigm. Foulke said the man was armed with a semi-automatic pistol and extra ammunition, and fired at officers before he was shot.

Foulke said three people were seriously injured during the attack, while a fourth person was grazed by a bullet.

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

The police chief said the motivation behind the attack remained unclear and investigators didn’t yet know whether the gunman targeted his victims. He didn’t release the suspect's name but said he was an employee of WTS Paradigm and lived in nearby Madison.

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

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