One man shot inside local radio station in Madison

MADISON, Wis (WMTV) - A suspect is still on the loose after a 33-year-old man was shot at WORT, a radio station in Madison, early Sunday.

Officers were dispatched to the WORT radio station shortly after 3 a.m., according to Public Information Officer Howard Payne.

One person was injured, after a gun was fired, and they suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Madison Police. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Payne said the incident does not appear to be random, and there is no risk to the public.

Other people were present at the time of the shooting, according to police.

The WORT board president, David Devereaux-Weber, said the victim was a volunteer program host, and that two other volunteers were present at the time of the shooting.

Devereaux-Weber said the suspect fired five shots inside their studio.

"The person didn't speak; just pulled out a gun and started shooting."

Devereaux-Weber said the shooter possibly got into the building by following an incoming host, or that they somehow knew the door code.

He said in the 40 years the volunteer-run radio station has been in operation, they have never experienced anything like this, or ever received a threat.

"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," he said.

He said the support from the community has kept the station running, and that the police have been vigilant in the investigation.

"They are very aware of WORT and the importance of a media outlet being the target of a shooting.

Devereaux-Weber said the station will tighten up security and communication between volunteers moving forward.

"When media are attacked, everyone in the media feels it," he said.

The Violent Crime Unit is asking that anyone with information, regarding this incident, please contact either the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers (608) 266 - 6014. Anyone providing information, that leads to an arrest, can remain anonymous.