Around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, a man walked into the Red Caboose Day Care Center near the state capital.
Andre Davis is a volunteer at the day care and saw him walk in.
"The guy came in there with a machete and butcher knives or something and I guess just walked in there, and he was looking around and then he left, came back five minutes later," Andre says.
When the man came back, Davis says he told the children to go to the back room and then held a knife to the day care director's head. Someone managed to call police. When officers arrived on the scene, the man threatened to kill the director, and police shot him. He was later pronounced dead at U.W. Hospital.
No children were hurt, but both the kids and their parents are on edge.
One parent at the scene said, "Right now it is pretty, I mean everybody is pretty shaken up, and when anything like that happens your first reaction is panic, you know?"
One day care employee was injured when he reportedly tried to help free the director. Police say his injuries are not life threatening.