Police said a man entered an Albuquerque fiber optics company with a gun and opened fire. Three are dead. Police said the shooter apparently shot and killed himself in what was apparently a domestic violence dispute.
Earlier police reports had the number of dead at six. The police chief says only three are dead in the office shooting. Officers miscounted at the scene.
The shooting at Emcore Corp. appeared to involve the 37-year-old gunman’s ex-wife or girlfriend, police Chief Ray Schultz said. It was not immediately clear whether she was among the dead, or what caliber weapon he used.
“In a situation like this, there are other people in the building and they became, unfortunately, casualties as well,” he said.
Schultz said the gunman was a former employee, but did not release his name.
Chaos unfolded as the gunman opened fire, sending employees fleeing for cover as police locked down the entire neighborhood. Police were alerted to the shooting shortly before 9:30 a.m. Five officers were inside the building within three minutes, Schultz said.
Police locked down the city’s southeast side as a precaution but Schultz said authorities don’t believe there was a second gunman. The Emcore complex was surrounded by police cars, many arriving with sirens wailing, as helicopters circled overhead.
Schultz said the gunman had children who live outside Albuquerque and said they were taken into custody by “another agency.”
The chief said there was at least one previous domestic violence call involving the gunman but said it occurred outside Albuquerque. He did not say where.
Police said 85 employees were later taken to a community center for interviews with detectives.
Emcore manufactures components that allow voice, video and data transmission over fiber optic lines. They also manufacture solar power systems for satellite and ground-based systems.
Based in Albuquerque, the company has about 700 full-time employees.
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