Emcore Fiber Optics in Albuquerque attacked by armed gunman

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The downtown offices of Emcore were locked down this morning. Image from Flickr.

At 9 a.m. local time in Albuquerque, a 911 call reported a shooter at Emcore Fiber Optics. Reports are still mixed as to how many employees were injured or killed by the Emcore shooter. Classified as a “domestic dispute in the workplace,” this act of violence does not appear to be related to Emcore’s business or recent patent infringement rulings.

Emcore shooter attacks Albuquerque offices

The Albuquerque shooting at the Emcore offices appears to have been carried out by a former employee. At 9:29 a.m. local time, the 911 call reported “multiple people injured.” Police officers on the scene found between two and five individuals dead on the scene and at least four more have been transported to local hospitals. The believed shooter was also found dead on the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Albuquerque shooting was a ‘domestic workplace dispute’

According to police on the scene, the Albuquerque shooting was most likely a “domestic workplace dispute.” This means that a domestic dispute between the shooter and his wife was carried over into the Emcore offices. There are no reports yet as to what the domestic situation of the shooter or his wife was. The shooter was a former employee of Emcore, and his wife is a current employee. There is no word as to the condition of the shooter’s wife.

Emcore faces business difficulties

The office where the Albuquerque shootings took place, Emcore, is the headquarters of an embattled fiber optic and solar manufacturing company. On the same day as the Albuquerque shootings, Emcore was barred from importing some fiber optics. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in May that some of Emcore’s technology violated a patent. Today, the U.S. Trade panel officially barred the company from importing the products that infringe a patent owned by competitor Avago Technologies.

Sources:

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