Breaking: 3 mass shootings in 24 hours

Breaking: 3 mass shootings in 24 hours

Three horrific mass shootings happened in three states within less than a 24-hour span between 10:30 am Wednesday and 9:09 am Thursday. 

First mass shooting: 10:30 am Wednesday; Middleton, Wisconsin 

At 10:30 am Wednesday Middleton, WI police responded to an active shooter situation in an office complex housing several businesses, located at 1800 block of Deming Way. According to Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke, the gunman was an employee of WTS Paradigm, a software firm, since April of 2017.

The gunman critically injured three of his co-workers, who were rushed to UWHealth. According to  a tweet from the hostpital on Wednesday night, one victim was in critical condition, the other two were listed in serious condition.

According to Middleton police, the gunman, who was critically injured during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers, died later at a hospital. His identity hasn’t been released by the officials. However, police did say that the suspect was a US citizen in his 40s, and did not have any known criminal record or family who lived in the area. Authorities have searched his residence on the southwest side of Madison on Wednesday night.

Second mass shooting: 2:00 pm Wednesday; Masontown, Pennsylvania

A few hours later, another shooting happened in another small town, now in Pennsylvania. The gunman entered the Masontown Borough Municipal Center around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and began firing, authorities said. The four victims included a sergeant from the Masontown police department. Their injuries are not life-threatening, according to Lt. Dowlin of of the Pennsylvania State Police.

The suspect had been previously charged with strangulation, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and simple assault as a result of a domestic matter several weeks ago, and his case was to be heard in court Wednesday afternoon, according to Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower.

Third mass shooting: 9:09 am Thursday; Harford County, Maryland

Third horrific mass shooting occurred in Harford County, Maryland, at 9:09 am Thursday. A 26-year-old woman who was a temporary employee at Rite Aid Distribution Center, killed four people and wounded others before shooting herself twice, according to officials.

A source close to the investigation said the woman was a disgruntled employee. She shot herself in the head in an apparent suicide attempt, but was unsuccessful so she shot herself again, the source said.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect was at some point a security guard at the Rite Aid support facility where the shooting occurred.

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