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. picman

    MG Arizona, I do disagree. That's an awfully simplistic answer to the problem. Training courses are about a waste. When a person gets upset enough to resort to violence on this scale, a few rules and some "feel good" training aren't going to stop them from committing some kind of violence.
    Look at our prisons. Weapons of any kind are forbidden but prisoners keep finding ways to commit acts of violence against each other.
    The answer has to start at home with parents actually being parents and training children to use non-violent means to resolve differences.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cheryl F

    Guns are TOO easy to get – anyone can get one with very little effort, thanks to the massive and continuous lobbying efforts by the NRA. And thanks to yet another inane ruling by the supreme court five.

    There must be tight regulations governing the ownership of guns – otherwise it will continue to be one tragedy after another. The "guns don't kill people, people kill people..." crap is just that – CRAP. If it weren't so easy to get one, a great many people would still be alive. There are too easy to get, too easy to use, too easy to carry around. BAN gun shows and trunk sales, ban all sales to criminals, mentally unstable, children – require gun training and a license for every single person who wants to purchase a gun – EVERY one.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEPen

      "There must be tight regulations governing the ownership of guns" & "ban all sales to criminals, mentally unstable, children" Um... Cheryl.. thanks for the "ideas", but you're many years too late. Selling a firearm to those people is already illegal. It's easy to check for a criminal record with the newer systems now, not so easy to check for "mentally instability" unless the person is visibly and obviously nuts. Gun show dealers have to follow the same rules as retail store dealers. Private sale market should be looked at closer though. I venture a guess that none of that would have helped her as she just went nuts. I am a responsible gun owner and I find her actions of taking others with her deplorable.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Ban all sales to criminals? Well, the law today does not permit a convicted felon to purchase a gun.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete

    TO: MG Arizona

    Don't blame the 2nd amendment. If there were no guns available to the civilian population because of law restriction this guy would have used a knife or a machete. Would you then ban knives or sharp edged weapons too? Or maybe he would have waited for his wife to get out of work and used his car to run her over. Would you then ban automobiles? I don't know all the details of this tragic shooting but MAYBE if someone on that property were armed MAYBE the loss of life may have been less or even avoided. Your suggestion that only law enforcement should have guns does not solve the problem and by the way, what is a civilian country?

    July 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poacher

      I don't think you can "shoot to kill" 5 people under 10 minutes with a machete or a knife!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Stop comparing guns to knife. That doesn't even make sense!!

      July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cynicalandy

    Jubilation time at NRA Headqurters! Five down and 220,000,000 to go!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jordi

    And ... what's her nationality. No cover up, please.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frustrated American

    Naturally, the liberals scream about gun control. I say make idiots, illegals, fruitcakes, whack-a-loons and wife beaters/spouse abusers the object of your aggression. A gun is an inanimate object. control the behavior and stop making excuses for how this award winner acted today. If he/she, that acted out like this, is NOT among the dead, he/she should be by morning if there is any justice in the world!
    People kill people, not guns. Oh, I forgot and disgruntled postal workers kill people too...but not guns.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brown

    Hell have no wrath like a woman scorned ... especially in the wild wild west!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. local

    the local news reported that it was a male shooter...

    July 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Corey

    A little info for you gun control nuts....

    Taken from a large study available here... http://www.benbest.com/lifeext/murder.html

    "However, a large American study indicated that liberalized laws for carrying concealed weapons reduced murder rates in the US by 8.5%. US homicide rates in the year 1900 were an estimated 1 per 100,000 - at a time when anyone of any age could buy a gun."

    July 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    So it goes...

    July 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Myth

    I really hate that idiotic comment: "Guns don't kill, people kill" Has to be the dumbest comment for the support of handguns out there. I would much rather take my chances against a baseball bat or a knife than a handgun. The only way the handgun argument works is if everyone 18 and over is issued a handgun after proper training. Not everyone can afford a handgun, so it has to then be issued by the government, and that won't happen.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frustrated American

      And I thought some of my ideas were over the edge. You miss the point entirely.If the gun used in this situation today were left laying in a persons gun cabinet, the idiot that killed people today would have used another gun, or another means to do this deed. The issue here is the behavior of this individual and the apparent lack of mental stability. NOT THE GUN ITSELF! A gun is only lethal when used by a PERSON. We need to address the behavior of the person and stop screaming about guns. I can assure you that if this person had entered a restaurant in my locale and pulled out a gun and began shooting...he/she might have gotten one shot off...then would have been shot by people using their LAWFULLY OWNED HANDGUN to protect their families and innocent bystanders. I suppose you advocate our tax dollars being spent to hold a bogus trial so this idiot can say they were teased by fellow class mates in grade school and it made them do this. This fool needs to be held accountable for their behavior. If convicted by a trial based upon fact, then should be put to death immediately.I say televise it to the others on death row, then start cleaning that gutter up right after they empty the chair this idiot is fried in.
      Good grief.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TheTroll

    Yes no guns for anyone! I mean look at Mexico they have a no gun law and it is working for them right?

    July 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jOHN

    If more people carried guns, less chances of killing that many people
    someone could shoot them back

    July 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RightNYer

    Of course if she was convicted of a crime of domestic violence, she was already federally disqualified from buying or possessing a firearm. Obviously we need more laws. Criminals ignore the first 20,000 related to guns, but maybe they'll follow number 20,001!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Where's Shanks' comment? That's a man of true wisdom. Abq is the worst city in America...nay, the world!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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