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Police Have Suspect in Wakefield ShootingAired December 26, 2000 - 3:00 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: We want to bring you up to speed on one of the more horrible stories of this holiday season. It happened late this morning in Wakefield, which is about 20 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, at an office complex. A man with guns opened fire. There are seven dead. The man's in custody, and CNN's Boston bureau chief Bill Delaney is there covering the story -- Bill.
BILL DELANEY, CNN BOSTON BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Lou. as you suggested, thgis would be a horrible incident at any time of year, but this time of year especially poignant. It was just after 11:00 this morning that a man -- police have taken into custody a man named Michael McDermott, and he is the suspect here, came into Edgewater Technologies.
Now, Lou, the building is behind me here. We'e in a crush of press and media here. It may be a bit difficult to see, but I wanted to give our audience an idea of where this happened. It happened on the first floor of this converted mill. You see this sort of thing all over New England, old mills that have been converted to the new technologies of the day. In this case, Edgewater Technologies, an 8-year old Internet firm. Mr. McDermott was an employee of that firm.
D.A. John McEvoy picks it up from here, Lou, with the basics of what happens here in Wakefield, Massachusetts late this morning.
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JOHN MCEVOY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY: 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 an AK-47, a shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun. Wakefield police were able to subdue Mr. McDermott, wrestle him to the ground, placed him in custody and to disarm him.
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DELANEY: Lou, by all accounts here this morning heroic and efficient policework. Police leading a large number of employees of Edgewater and other firms inside Harvard Mills office complex behind me out of the building.
It all happened apparently quite quickly. There were SWAT teams on the scene for a period of time, but in the end no need for them. It never turned into a hostage situation. The suspect, as we just heard, was subdued and taken away in a Wakefield town police cruisers.
Now I'm standing next to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Lou, where a number of witnesses, a number of the employees of Edgewater, are still in the church, being counseled by police, being counseled by counselors who have been brought in here to deal with this unbelievable event, a holiday week when many didn't even bother to go to work. It was very quiet in Boston and the surrounding suburbs today, these people walking into a real nightmare this morning. They're coping with it right next to us here at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Lou, we do have a bit a statement from Nancy Pecjo, who was employed by Edgewater and had this to say about what happened this morning.
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NANCY PECJO, EDGEWATER TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYEE: I am home on maternity leave and I just heard it on the news, and I just came down here to see if I can find out information.
QUESTION: What about the fact that they're saying there are multiple victims?
PECJO: I am distraught because I know all those people. I want to find out who it is.
PECJO: Not at all.
QUESTION: Can you imagine who would do this?
PECJO: I have no idea. Absolutely no idea. I am shocked. Totally shocked.
QUESTION: Any disgruntled workers?
PECJO: Not that I know of. I am just lost in the dark. I have no idea what's going on.
QUESTION: You didn't work last week, or...?
PECJO: Yes, I finished up last week.
QUESTION: How was the mood in the office last week? Any indication that...?
PECJO: No, it's a great company. It's a wonderful company.
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DELANEY: Lou, we did speak briefly to an employee of Edgewater earlier. He seemed to be -- he wouldn't identify himself, but he sort of seemed to be a manager, sort of a a managerial-level employee of the company. And he agreed with what we just heard. He said that the company is doing fine, that whatever drove Mr. McDermott to do this -- he is the alleged suspect in all of this -- he said it would have been personal issues, not issues with the company, so far as he could tell.
Back to you, Lou.
WATERS: All right, CNN's Boston bureau chief Bill Delaney in Wakefield this afternoon.
Mike McDermott, the alleged perpetrator of the crime, will be arraigned this afternoon. We'll continue to find out as much about him as possible, and investigators are working the crime scene there in Wakefield for the rest of the day. So when we have more information, we'll pass it along to you.
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