MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) – Authorities have released the name of a man who law enforcement say walked into WTS Paradigm with a gun and began firing at his colleagues, seriously injuring several, before he was fatally shot by police on Wednesday.
Another press conference will be held Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. with updates.
Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said 43-year-old Anthony Y. Tong of Verona was transported from the scene to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Preliminary results of the autopsy confirm that Tong died from firearm related trauma. Additional testing is underway at this time.
Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said in a news conference on Thursday morning, Sept. 20 that the name of the suspect is not being released for investigative purposes. Chief Foulke said there are no threats to the public — and no indication that anyone other than the suspect acted in this incident.
Police are saying the shooter is in his 40s and could release his name today or tomorrow. The medical examiner will perform the autopsy today.— Gabriella Rusk (@GabriellaRusk) September 20, 2018
Witnesses and police say a male employee open fired from his desk at WTS Paradigm on Deming Way at 10:26 a.m. The motive is not known.
Four people were treated at local hospitals. UW Health officials said two arrived in serious condition and one in critical. Thursday morning, the patient who was considered critical had improved, and was considered stable.
The fourth victim was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Deming Way will remain closed from University Avenue to the roundabout at John Q Hammons Drive until further notice as police continue to investigate the shooting.
During a press conference, Middleton police said they want to get the word out about reuniting employees with their property on Thursday:
• From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. employees of WTS Paradigm who need to collect their vehicles and important personal items are to meet at the Residence Inn. Law Enforcement officials will retrieve their items from the business and then escort them to their vehicles in the parking lot.
• From 1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. employees of the other businesses at 1851 Deming Way will follow the same procedure.
• From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. people working in the 4 story building on Deming Way will follow the same procedure although they will be escorted into the building to retrieve their own belongings.
Any witnesses that have not been on contact with law enforcement are asked to call Dane County Victim Witnesses at 608-376-0164.
The death remains under investigation by the City of Middleton Police Department, the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.