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Masked Man Opens Fire On Three DJs at Wisconsin Radio Station

A man wearing a hood and mask entered WORT-FM and shot at a group of volunteer DJs. 

By Gina Tron

A volunteer DJ was shot and injured after a masked man opened fire at a downtown Madison, Wisconsin radio station on Sunday morning, police say.

At about 3 a.m., a man wearing both a mask and a hood walked into community radio station WORT-FM and opened fire, according to the City of Madison Police Department. The suspect shot at three DJs in the broadcast studio of the station, according to the radio station.

“Witnesses say five shots were fired, injuring one DJ in the buttocks and shattering the glass between studios,” the station said. “The injured DJ was sent to the hospital and quickly discharged. There were no major injuries or fatalities.”

The suspect is still on the run. Police said they don’t believe the shooting was random and the do not believe that there is any danger to the general public. It’s not yet clear how the assailant entered the building. Police say there is no sign of forced entry.

David Devereaux-Weber, WORT board president, said everyone present during the shooting works as a volunteer at the station.

"The person didn't speak; just pulled out a gun and started shooting,” he said about the shooter.

He said that this is the first time something like this has happened, adding that the station never even received threats in the past.

"People have been upset at us before. Some people don't like some news stories or features that we do. It's never gotten to any point close to this," Devereaux-Weber told the Associated Press.

WORT-FM is a listener-sponsored, member-controlled, community radio station which broadcasts to the South Central area of Wisconsin. According to their air schedule, they broadcast both news and a range of music genres.

The station said they went into radio silence as police investigated the scene but that they resumed normal programming at 9:38 AM.

“Multiple volunteers arrived individually in the early hours of the morning to help get the station back on its feet,” the station wrote on Facebook. “The station is back on the air and will be tightening security. Thank you to everyone for their help during these times.”

Anyone with information is urged to please contact either the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers (608) 266-6014.  Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.

[Photo: WORT-FM/ Facebook]

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