Program host shot Sunday at Madison community radio station

Madison (WKOW) — The airwaves are back full of music, after shots rang out early Sunday at the WORT studios in Madison.

"Folks are kinda shook up," David Devereaux-Weber, WORT Radio Board President, said.

According to the WORT team, at around 3 a.m., a masked and hooded man got into the station and opened fire on three of the DJs, hitting one in the rear.
Madison Police say the 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital and is recovering from his injury.

For the people at the station, they’re mired in mystery.

"No, we don’t know why, that’s quite a concern of ours," Devereaux-Weber said.

The door at WORT utilizes a code to get in, which could indicate a very deliberate attack.

"It’s possible that they knew the code, which means they might have known somebody who knew the code or they might have been a former programmer," Devereaux-Weber said.

He said  that even though they may not know for sure, it felt like a targeted attack.

"Somebody who had a beef about something … and we’re not quite sure whether it’s a personal issue or a music issue," he said.

The station was in the process of getting security cameras but they hadn’t yet been installed. 

By mid-morning, the door code had already been reset.

In the meantime, he says calls have been flooding into WORT.

"People hoping that we’re all well and offering to do anything they can do to help," Devereaux-Weber said. "We’ve got a number of people who are programmers who have other shifts and other people from the board who have shown up just to lend their support."

WORT sees itself as a station that is very much ingrained in the community, and so now their community is backing them.

"We’ve really gotten a lot of support from the community so we’re always appreciative of that and it helps us through times like this."

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Madison (WKOW) —  A local Madison radio show host is recovering after being shot at community station WORT overnight.

WORT Radio Board President David Devereaux-Weber tells Channel 27 News a masked person entered the station about 3:00 a.m. Sunday and fired 
five shots.  The station is located at 118 S. Bedford Street in a residential/commercial area near downtown.

Devereaux-Weber said the shooter didn’t say anything at all, so the people who were working at the station couldn’t tell what his or her motive may have been.  The station was transitioning from one show to another when the shooting happened. 

Devereaux-Weber confirmed that the person shot was a 33-year-old man who hosts a show. He’s reported to be in stable condition. 

The board president added that the station was off the air for about six hours while police investigated the shooting. 

A police report says the MPD’s Violent Crime Unit (VCU) is actively investigating the case and a suspect hasn’t been located.  It also relays that the incident wasn’t  random, but that’s there’s no risk to the public. 

Madison Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266 -6014.  Anyone providing information, that leads to an arrest, can remain anonymous.

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