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. WHAT

    People are responsible, not guns. Make all the laws you want, if you don't enforce the laws we have, making more will not solve anything. Responsible gun owners are never the criminals in these cases. It's always someone who obtains a gun illegally who creates these tragedies.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Makah

    I live in Albuquerque 2 miles from the shooting location, and my husband works at Sandia National Labs. Our local news is reporting the shooter is a 37 year old man, not a female.


    July 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Willy Mays Hays

    I wonder if Obama will take credit for the addition of 6 new jobs into the marketplace.

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

    I live in Albuquerque and know two people who work at Emcore, the business that was shot up. The shooter is in fact a 37 year old MALE and it was domestic violence at his wife's workplace. The shooter is an ex employee.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Hopefully, he got his wife & her lover first. But usually, these idiots kill everybody & thing around their cheating spouse and don't kill their cheating spouse, who was the real problem

      July 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sane one

    Hey Corey, Why don't you stop getting your one sided information from only the sources that give you info that suits your Reich wing, Neo-Con idealogy and give all the facts to the readers. Go back to Faux News theres all the info you'll ever need.


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

    yeah, guns, cars, knives all cause fatalities.... yes, people use pencils to misspell words.

    Problem is ALL the aforementioned items have other uses as their main purpose. Guns just have one use – TO SHOOT AND KILL THINGS.

    When guns can be used to wash my dishes, take my kids to school, or make a margarita I might become more pro-gun.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hmm...

    I wish they would start with the suicide instead of the murder...and for the record, guns don't kill people...people with guns kill people

    July 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Hmm, did u just state that u hope he would just commit suicide. Now, your spouse is cheating on u and u are supposed to committ suicide, I guess so u won't interfere with their affair. WHAT PLANET ARE U ON

      July 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leo Caddy

    All those who use arguments like "cars kill more people" and "the gun did not kill anyone, the person did" should reflect on this simple FACT:

    GUNS are made to KILL. Cars are not meant to kill people. Everything can be "made" into a murder weapon. But guns are made for one and only one purpose: KILL.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SarahP

    Tanks do not kill people, tank commanders do.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickC.

      Nuclear bombs do not kill people, commanders in chiefs do.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NW

    In the U.S. for 2006, there were 30,896 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death: Suicide 16,883; Homicide 12,791; Accident 642; Legal Intervention 360; Undetermined 220. This makes firearms injuries one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. The number of firearms-related injuries in the U.S., both fatal and non-fatal, increased through 1993, declined to 1999, and has remained relatively constant since. However, firearms injuries remain a leading cause of death in the U.S., particularly among youth (CDC, 2001) (CDC, 2006).

    July 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lorel

    I had lived in Albuquerque in the 1980s. Back then, there was some serious heinous murders. Two of them made in to for tv movies.

    But I think this is different. Work place policy usually either fosters hostility, or tolerance. I do not know what the mental state of the woman was before during or after her she left/fired from the company but it could be her personality/mental state that caused this tragic end or, the work place hostility.

    We will have to wait and find out what was the cause of this tragedy before we rule out the actual cause. My guess is she was a victim of work place hostility that resulted in her getting fired. She retaliated by killing at many as many employees as she could.

    Here in Canada, work place violence is rare. Gun violence is very rare! Its illegal to to transport a gun anywhere outside of your residence. If you are going to go target practicing, you are strictly prohibitive to take the gun anywhere other then target practice at a assigned gun range. Case point, I know if a gold minor that lives in the remote bush that took him TWO years to get a permit to have a gun!! Tha is strict gun control!

    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    I can't believe all these comments saying that guns should be illegal, and that only military and police should have them. They apparently know nothing about our nations founding. If military and police were the only ones allowed guns, we'd still be under British rule. While guns are mostly thought of as tools for hunting or home defense, the primary reason we have the 2nd Amendment is a tyranny deterrent. If you were a tyrannical dictator who wanted to control the people, what's the first thing you'd do? Take their guns, perhaps?

    It is also generally understood that if guns were illegal, the people who would commit violent crimes, like murder, probably won't be too worried about the "crime" of possessing a gun. Such criminals would also feel safe when robbing, stealing, and raping law abiding citizens, because they know law abiding people don't have guns to protect themselves. It's like marijuana. Right now it's illegal, and the people in the drug business actually want to keep it illegal. Sounds weird that they don't want their business and drugs to be legalized, but it makes sense when you consider how much profit they make thanks in part to prohibition. Well, violent criminals would love it if guns were illegal too, because only they would have the guts to own one.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Unit34AHunt

    This crime once again demonstrates the significance of he observation that in a world where violent people may be seconds away from assaulting you, the police are only 10-20 minutes away. I blame liberals. If the victims had been armed the perp would have been stopped in her tracks.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • klnms

      This country would be so much better if there were no liberals or Irish living in it.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      I'm reminded of blazing saddles. "OK, the Irish can stay." 😉

      July 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pablo

    People have a lack of self control and therefore cannot be trusted to own guns. If this lady didn't have a gun handy at home, I doubt she would have been able to obtain one before she changed her mind and would not have done the same with a knife or any other weapon as she would have been stopped before doing much harm. This country is too full of angry and frustrated people to allow them to just have guns handy. Too many snap decisions are made by these people that ruin other lives. There is no comparison to drunk driving, as there are ways for car manufacturers to prevent that if they really want to, or comparing guns to other weapons, which would not do as much damage in as little time. Yes, 7 out of 10 people that are not every day criminals can be trusted with guns, but that other 30%, who are also not every day criminals, are on a short leash every day and could snap at any moment without thought and do something they and their victims families will regret forever. Gun ownership should be outlawed. This is not the 1800's. Yes "people kill people", but there is no point making it easier with a deadly weapon that can do harm from distance and is basically defenseless.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunt

      No one's forcing you to own a gun. I own a firearm. If someone like that shooter tried that on me it'd be over for her. In China, nuts kill people in groups with knives. In the middle east it's bombs. Firearms bans will never make you safe. Perhaps you should never leave your home; you're more likely to be struck by a car than shot.

      July 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CounterPoint

    This isn't a political issue – this is a tragedy where lives were lost. Sometimes the more important answers are to the questions of why rather than how. Only by understanding first can you take the first steps towards safety. We often see those who are troubled and decide it is not our place or none of our business. As for the gun issue – I don't think this is a case for gun control because you don't know how she got the gun. If someone is intent on harm, they can find a means. Pray for the families of the people who have died today instead of standing on platforms.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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