July 12th, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Police: Shooter kills self, two others in workplace attack

Police respond to a workplace shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday.

[Updated at 5:44 p.m., July 12] Three people - not six, as police initially said - are dead after Monday's shooting at a business in Albuquerque, according to Police Chief Ray Schultz.

The three dead include the shooter, who turned a gun on himself, according to police.

[Updated at 2:58 p.m., July 12] A former employee shot and killed five people at a business Monday in Albuquerque before turning the gun on herself, New Mexico authorities said.

Police said officers responded to a 911 call at 9:26 a.m. (11:26 a.m. ET) that multiple shots had been fired. When officers entered the building, they found a total of 10 people shot: four were dead, including a man believed to be the shooter, officials said. CNN mistakenly reported earlier that the shooter was believed to be a woman.

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Two people have died as a result of gunshot wounds, two are in stable condition, and two others are receiving emergency medical attention, police said.

"We believe this incident to be a domestic-violence workplace situation," Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said.

One of the victims, Schultz said, is believed to be the wife or girlfriend of the shooter, who was a current employee at Emcore Coporation.

According to CNN affiliate KRQE, police said the shooter had been involved in a past domestic violence incident.

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  1. Alice Bowie

    Chances are, this person has never ever killed anyone before. Whether or not guns are legal, she would have tried to kill these people in one way or another. No prohibition would be able to stop someone from killing.

    However, guns make it A LOT easier and should not be readily available.
    Criminals that know that a victim is potentially armed will KILL that person ahead of time. Don't think it will really protect you in every case.

    People loose their cool and just shoot people ALL OF THE time in Florida and Texas.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      Actually, guns should be *more readily available.* And more people should own them and know how to use them. One armed citizen in that office could have made a huge difference.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kat

    They didn't even get the gender right.

    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 37-year-old man shot and killed five individuals as well as injured four others in a mass shooting at a Southeast Albuquerque business late Monday morning, according to police.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John in AZ

    So, another example of work place rage. Guns don't kill people, people kill people...blah blah blah. We can ask people to wear seat belts, put on bike helmets, not pass school buses, etc. but, ask them to forego their guns and you get the same tired arguments...not all gun owners are irresponsible, why should my freedoms be curtailed because of a few bad apples, etc. etc.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      Autombiles kill far more people per capita than guns, but leftoids don't want to see them banned. That is because leftoids are hypocrites. It's not about curbing violent deaths. It's about forcing everyone to be dependent, helpless victims whose only recourse is the Nanny State.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEPen

      So... why should they, John? Driving while drunk is illegal and stupid, and is done daily by thousands (tens of thousands? who knows), and kills HOW MANY thousands of people a year? I've lost a young friend to a drunk driver, had a friend/acquaintance lose their license to drive due to DUI, but I've never had a friend shot/killed by somebody with a gun. Yeah, these stories make big headlines and produce major outbursts of opinion, but are a small patch of reality, much like airline crashes. The devil is in the details, and look at far more common and tacitly "accepted" ways to die/kill: drunk driving, smoking, drug use, etc. There doesn't seem to be as much outcry since now we're "used to it", desensitized to it. Until hit happens close to home, anyways...

      July 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    CNN jumps on everything too fast, lot of incorrect facts.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brad

    Wow, I thought only men did this sort of thing.. I guess it's equal rights for all sorts of crazy stuff today too..

    July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      Actually, I think it is just that CNN has their story wrong. Every other news source lists this as a male shooter.
      Sorry to burst the "equal opportunity" bubble...

      July 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Huh? Was a woman the shooter? Or was a man? CNN is saying a woman, but the local news in ABQ is saying it was a man. Let's get the facts straight, first, CNN, before posting the article.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • hindqtr

      Hell, Nothing embarrasses CNN.... They still have Nancy Grace, don't they?

      July 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lookingglass

    this is why you should be nice to people.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. logan

    Ok. I know guns dont "kill" people, but if she didn't have immediate access to a gun, this wouldn't have happened, bottom line.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      She'd have run them down in her car.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUKiddinMe

    Think about the possible source of the issue: the employer/employees. We may not know the whole story and there is still no excuse for what this person did, but think about all the possibilities as to WHY she did it. Employer or management pushed her, she was harassed, human resources wouldn't listen to her concerns–the list goes on and on. I have friends who have been in situations where they were being provoked by their manager and they had decided to leave their employer because nothing was being done to the manager to resolve the situation. I have seen supervisors ask employees if they have guns or if they plan to jump out of a window, if they're going to pull their hair out, etc.
    It doesn't matter how many times employees are told to speak with their HR representatives, it is never resolved on the side of the victim, the one who complained. So, maybe the employers need to be investigated regarding their practices in resolving issues.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sam brown

    I can out run a butcher knife...But not a .45. It is a silly argument to say " they use butchers knifes in china" The pro gun nuts is exactly what makes the liberal gun laws of the US so scary. Most of the pro gun lobby see no problem in owning anything from a derringer to a Howitzer. They seem to have no sense for a middle ground. That is why I don't think in the US we will ever come to see a common ground on the agrument

    July 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEPen

      Wow... sweeping generalizations and totally bogus comparisons. You have the "Derringer" correct, one of the smallest guns, usually single shot or two rounds, meant solely for self-defense at VERY close range. Claiming that "gun nuts" want to allow "howitzers"? Now you're just being absurd... head over to Fox news, you belong there. A howitzer is a large artillery gun (cannon), not a firearm, and I've never heard ANYBODY advocated private ownership of those! LOL! Get educated before shooting your mouth off.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      Actually, the pro-firearms lobby is pretty much in agreement that "arms" include only weapons that are man-portable. So howitzers and other support weapons are right out.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Laurie

    Actually, it was the female employee's ex-husband or ex boyfriend, who had also been previously employed with the company, who was the killer. CNN are the only retards reporting this as though it was the female employee who did the shooting. She is said to be potentially one of the victims. Albuquerque news stations are reporting that this was a domestic violence issue and that the shooter was male.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jon Mallory

    Jim – personally would rather have a disgruntled coworker come at me with a baseball bat or a knife than a gun. If this wacko had used any other weapon, there's no chance there would be 5 people dead right now.
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    Jim. I am a person of slight built but people in the office don't mess with me because they know that I have the great equalizer and will use it, so I don't blame this woman maybe they were messing with her.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sick of CNN Readers' Ignorance

    The gun supporters' logic is flawed, as has been pointed out over and over. Cars are for transportation. And as easy as it is to kill with one, knives are for cutting food. Guns, on the other hand, have one purpose and one purpose only. To kill. There is no drawing a reasonable logical argument for restricting or banning the former, versus the latter.

    And I would love to see the hard, cold statistics (not from the NRA or a gun nut, but from a legitimate, unbiased party) on how places where carrying a gun is legal have a lower crime rate. That's not what I see. It is well known throughout the world, that Texas, New Mexico, etc., have gigantic crime rates. The majority of the time when you see a story like this on the news, it has taken place in a Southern state, usually with relaxed gun laws.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      Actually, the reasonable argument against gun restrictions is called the Second Amendment.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      It's only "known thorughout the world" by people who know nothing. America's highest crime rates are in large urban cores with entrenched poverty. They include the four largest cities: LA, NYC, Chicago, and Detroit, in all of which gun ownership has historically been highly restricted.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOF

      Washington DC, our Nations Capitol, has the HIGHEST PER CAPITA Murder rater Via firearm of anywhere in the COUNTRY. They ALSO have the most RESTRICTIVE gun laws on the books... Next arguement please..... The information you ask about is out there, get off this site and go find it yourself.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    At least the last bullet was well placed! RIP to the innocent victims or yet another senseless killing rampage.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Netninja

    people are jumping to a lot of conclusions on this one just like every story.
    The only thing we know is a worker came in and killed several people.
    We do know a gun was involved and of course this gives some people to cry outlawing guns again.
    We have some Rambo's who think they would have reacted in time to save their office. The one thing I know is this isn't the movies, there are no dress rehearsals and you get one shot at this James Bond.

    For all you gun toting John Waynes out there (Oh by the way I carry also) or wannabes the use of a gun for self defense or in the defense of others will be a long road of lawyers and court costs. You shoot somebody it better be an Iron Cald defense otherwise you will know the full extent of what it means to own a gun. You can claim all you want that you were justified but man those lawyers and court costs trying to defend yourself are going to make you a poor man. Just read some of the stories of people who were innocent and had to fight for years to prove their innocence, then on top of that nobody will hire you because most likely you will have some sort of record associated with you name.
    Be smart, be responsible and if you have kids make sure your guns are locked up otherwise they may commit a crime on others or themselves.

    it is a sad day when you have people who come into an office and commit such an act.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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