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Seven Believed Dead After Shooting Spree in Boston Technology Company

Aired December 26, 2000 - 4:01 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We begin with a terrible shooting spree on this day after Christmas. An employee of a software development firm in a Boston suburb accused of gunning down seven coworkers at the company's headquarters. That shooting happened about five hours ago.

Our Boston bureau chief, Bill Delaney, joins us now from Wakefield, Massachusetts, about 20 miles north of Boston. That's the scene of the shooting. Bill, what do we know?

BILL DELANEY, CNN BOSTON BUREAU CHIEF: Lou, a terrible story here. It was just about 11:00 this morning when 42-year-old Michael McDermott, according to police, came into the Edgewater Technologies offices here behind me in the Harvard Mills office complex here in Little Wakefield, Massachusetts, and police say began shooting. He was heavily armed, Lou. He was with an AK-47, a shotgun and a handgun. Police came in, surrounded the building, .

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOHN MCEVOY, MIDDLESEX COUNTY CHIEF PROSECUTOR: Wakefield police responded and surrounded the building. They then entered the front lobby of the building, and they discovered an employee by the name of Michael McDermott, age 42. Mr. McDermott was heavily armed with AK- 47, a shotgun and a semiautomatic handgun. The Wakefield police were able to subdue Mr. McDermott, wrestle him to the ground, place him in custody and to disarm him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

DELANEY: That was Assistant DA John McEvoy of Middlesex County. He said the incident was work-related, but would not tell us more about a possible motive here. Now Lou, there were believed to have been about 70 people in the building at the time of the shooting. Many of them are still in St. Joseph's Catholic Church right here behind me. They were offered counseling by the police here, brought in counselors to help some of the people who went through this experience this morning cope with it.

We've seen some people, some employees of Edgewater Technologies presumably, some just people who were in the building at the time, leaving, but a number of people still apparently in the Catholic Church beside us receiving counseling. Michael McDermott, the suspect, had been an employee of Edgewater since March. We spoke to his supervisor who described him as an amiable individual, someone you could get along with just fine, but also told us repeatedly that he was strange. Those were the words he used.

There have been rumors and I want to quash them, if I may, the employee we spoke to -- there have been quite a few rumors here of imminent layoffs. The employee we spoke to said that couldn't be farther from the truth The company was doing great. Had no explanation, no motive yet for what happened here in Wakefield, Massachusetts this morning, this post-Christmas week -- Lou.

WATERS: So, there's a lot more to learn. Bill Delaney, Boston bureau chief in Wakefield, Massachusetts today.

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