Feeds

Gunman takes potshots at Dell HQ, chopper search ensues

Everyone's a critic – but some are armed

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Labor Day ended with a bang at the Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, after an unidentified shooter fired a number of rounds though its windows.

At least three shots were fired at Building Seven on the Dell campus at 9:30pm on Monday night, with the first floor windows of a breakout room falling victim to some senseless shooter. Local police lofted a chopper to try and flush out the varmint, but have had no luck in apprehending him – and, yes, odds are it's a him, not a her.

A company spokesman explained to El Reg that an unknown number of shots were fired at the building, which was occupied by some of Dell's 24-hour support staff. At least three windows had been broken in the salvo of shots, but that no one on the site had been injured. Two buildings were briefly sealed and searched to make sure there were no trespassers.

"Thankfully there were no injuries," he said. "The local polcie were here in minutes and did a thorough check of the grounds, then we all got back to work."

A witness to the shooting reported that an unidentified person was seen pedaling around the Dell campus on a bicycle with a gun visible. The pedaling pistolero wasn't arrested at the scene and hasn't been positively linked to the shooting.

Some might think that this is just part and parcel of doing business in Texas. After all, the state is notoriously free and easy with firearm ownership, although it has only slightly higher rate of gun deaths per 100,000 that the US average, which is 10.2 unfortunates per year. Do remember, however, that Dell's HQ is in Round Rock, which is part of the Texan progressive reservation of Austin – it's not so much the stomping grounds of trigger-happy good ol' boys as it is of latte-sippin' lib'ruls.

More likely it was someone just saying a reckless, rowdy goodbye to one of the few holiday weekends in the US calendar. Either that or a disgruntled engineer from Microsoft's Surface project got peeved at Michael Dell slagging of Redmond's tablet ambitions. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.