Madison radio host victim of early morning shooting

Updated: 7 a.m. on August  6, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (CBSNews) -- A shooting inside a community radio station in Wisconsin injured a disc jockey and sent station volunteers running for cover early Sunday, and police said it didn't appear to be a random attack. Officers were called to the shooting at WORT-FM in Madison shortly after 3 a.m. A 33-year-old man was found at the scene with gunshot injuries and taken to a hospital, police spokesman Howard Payne said.

The station said a man wearing a mask and hood entered the station and opened fire on three workers. Police said there were no signs of forced entry into the building.

The shooter "fired a number of shots," the president of WORT's board of directors, David Devereaux-Weber, told the Wisconsin State Journal. He said volunteers ducked for cover and ran into the master control room before hiding in the music library and calling 911.

The station identified the wounded man as a DJ, saying he had been treated and released from a hospital. CBS affiliate WISC-TV reports the injured DJ was shot in the buttocks and that witnesses reported five shots being fired through the glass windows of the studio, according to the station.

Police said investigators were still searching for the suspect Sunday afternoon.

The shooter entered the station during the transition between the midnight program and 3 a.m. show, Devereaux-Weber said. A code is needed to enter the building, and it's unclear whether the shooter knew the code or held the door open after someone entered the station, Devereaux-Weber said.

The station was off-air following the shooting but returned to broadcasting about six hours later. WORT said the station plans to tighten security.


Posted: 11:59 a.m. on August 5, 2018

MADISON, WI (CBS 58) -- A Madison radio station broadcaster was shot early Sunday morning according to the Madison Police Department.   The broadcaster, a 33-year-old man was shot while at WORT, a community-based radio station.   The victim was taken to a local hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

According to the Madison Police, the shooting happened around 3:10 AM.   The victim received what is reported as a non-life threatening wound.   Police say several other people were present at the station at the time of the shooting.  They reported multiple gunshots had been fired.  The police have yet to locate a suspect and are continuing to investigate the shooting.

WORT 89.9 FM, was off the air while police conducted their investigation.  

Rich Samuels, a host on WORT tweeted out that the station resumed broadcasting around 9:30 AM and that the program host who was shot was not seriously injured.

WORT is a listener-sponsored community radio station in Madison.

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