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. Jason

    Looks like someone had a case of the Mondays.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Glad I don't have to worry about this I haven't worked in a year!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. So CALgirl4AZ

    AGREED! If everyone could carry a gun, we would be able to PROTECT OURSELVES!
    Criminals would think twice about robbing the Diner or the local liquor store because we
    can defend what is ours. Until then, these stories will REMAIN all to common.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • drf

      But this wasn't some random crime, so there isn't any 'they would think twice'. This was a woman that for some reason went on a shooting spree, then shot herself. She wasn't going to be deterred by the knowledge that others had guns.

      People being irrational are not going to think rationally. Whatever this woman's reason for this crime, no amount of guns in the hands of others was going to stop the attempt.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    You Americans are hilarious with your gun control arguments. More people are killed with balistic weapons in the US in any month of the year than are killed in the entire EU in a single year.....and this is true every single month of every single year. The fact of the matter is the more people that posses guns equates to more people dying from gunshot wounds. How is it so easy for members of every other country to draw this conclusion but Americans stand fast and blame the people. It is ludicrous to think that 5 innocent individuals would have had their lives ended today by this woman if she hadn't possessed a firearm. Perhaps your tune would change if YOUR loved one was the victim of random firearm discharge into a crowd. Cars do kill people in accidents but guns are the cause of death by intentional discharge for the purpose of causing death. I'm not sure the previous respondent understands the meaning of logic.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frustrated American


      I admire the EU and all of their simpler approaches to life.

      Fact is, this is America. Not the EU.

      A fruitcake will kill you regardless or a law or ban or any other measure used in effort to deter violence. Case in point...the last MAJOR act of violence on our soil was 9/11...THEY USED AIRLINERS FOR GOODNESS SAKES! I guess that was due to the fact that we do not adequately regulate AIRLINERS in America.

      People commit these acts. Not inanimate objects.

      I suppose when a tragedy of that scope and magnitude strikes somewhere in the EU you will whistle a different tune. As I read history the last major "TO-DO" in Europe was the reign of Hitler. It took AMERICANS with guns to shut that little escapade down. Short memory you people have skippy.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chooch0253

      I am an American. I agree with you also. Its a pretty simple formula.. the more guns that are in the hands of people, the more incidents will occur. Period. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to understand this FACT.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nice

    Ooooo...job openings!!!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard


      July 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I know two people who work at Emcore, the place that got shot up today....

      July 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Takara

    Something people aren't realizing. Most workplaces ban guns being in them. So if you WERE a law abiding citizen, you wouldn't be able to HAVE guns there. So you wouldn't be able to "protect' yourself. Just a point to make. It wouldn't have ended any different.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sniffit

    "Matt hit the nail on the head. We have proven statistics that areas with high gun ownership have lower crime. Area's where guns are banned or highly restricted have more crime. Why? "

    Because the restrictive gun laws were enacted in response to the already high rate of armed crime, not vice versa, which is what would be required for your comparison to have merit. One might wonder why people would feel motivated to restrict gun ownership rights if the armed crime rate wasn't already out of control. You've put the cart before the horse in order engage in a game of circular logic that justifies your position. Grow up and get a better argument instead of relying on irrational talking point rhetoric that sounds cute but lacks substance.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Travis

    This is what happens when you let women in the workforce.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • D G

      First if you check further (other news sites), it was a man that did this, not a woman. CNN has the facts wrong, but I am sure they will correct it eventually. Second, what a freaking stupid comment.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Miss Mika

    This is why your workplace doesn't want you to sleep with your coworkers.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ttm013

    for anyone planning on doing something like this... do us all a favor and do it in reverse order...

    July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sweetew

    It wasn't a girl that shot the place up, it was a guy. Emcore layed off a bunch of people last year and the shooter was one of them. He went in looking for his wife who still works there.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. iwasframed

    Obviously they need to add keeping a cooler full of ice, bandages, and knowing where the closest hospital is that performs limb reattachments to the list of items to have on hand when lighting off fireworks

    July 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • iwasframed

      well this comment ended up in the complete wrong story

      July 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason D

    But hey lets not think about stopping the weapons..they protect us from these people..i think..has anyone actually been proved to have stopped a mass killing by use of a weapon ?

    July 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sammy zoso

    Happiness is a warm gun, bang, bang, shoot, shoot! People on this site are friggin scary with their gun love.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cyntha

    I love the gun laws as they are now. So when I go totally nuts I can buy my own rapid fire weapons at some gunshow and then go blow away all the NRA'ers before thank can pull their own trigger...yea! That's the ticket!!!!!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • hindqtr

      I really don't think I would try that if I were you... not a smart move or comment... Of course, you are just being sarcastic... RIGHT?

      July 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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