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Published On: Fri, Sep 21st, 2018

Wisconsin: Anthony Tong identified as Middleton shooter at WTS Paradigm, injuring 3 co-workers

Three people were seriously wounded Wednesday morning when a coworker opened fire at a software firm in a small Wisconsin city, Middleton.

Middleton police identified the shooter as Anthony Tong, who died at the hospital. Tong was critically injured during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers.

The shooting was at WTS Paradigm, a software company. Three people were wounded by their co-worker and treated at the University of Wisconsin hospital trauma center. The hospital in Madison said at the time that two were in serious condition. Another victim, who was grazed by a gunshot, also sought treatment at a hospital.

Tong, 43, was employee of the company, was shot by police and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Tong’s death was being investigated by police.

“A forensic autopsy was completed [Thursday] at the Dane County medical examiner’s office,” the office said. “Preliminary results of that autopsy confirm that Mr. Tong died from firearm-related trauma. Additional testing is underway at this time.”

photo/Alan Cleaver

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating where the weapon was originally purchased.

 “A significant number of bullets were fired” between the suspect and responding law enforcement, Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke said. “We have reason to believe the suspect was heavily armed with a lot of extra ammunition, a lot of extra magazines,” the chief said.

Authorities have not yet determined a motive in the shooting.

After the incident, police believed that Tong acted alone and that there was no further threat.

“If you’re going to ask me about the motive, I don’t know and I don’t know anything about the background of the suspect,” said Foulke.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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