MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFLA/AP/WITI) — Multiple people died Wednesday afternoon after a terminated employee at the Milwaukee’s Molson Coors brewery opened fire in the Milwaukee business. Police say five people plus the shooter were killed.
According to police, officers responded to the facility at 2:08 p.m. Wednesday. They found the suspected shooter, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Five more people were killed in the shooting, according to police.
According to our sister station WITI, the shooter was an employee at the Molson Coors facility that had been fired on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump addressed the shooting before speaking at the White House with reporters about steps his administration is taking to combat the coronavirus.
“Our hearts break for them and their loved ones,” the president said. “We send our condolences. We’ll be with them, and it’s a terrible thing, a terrible thing.”
“It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees here. A very rough day for anyone who is close to this situation,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
Police tweeted that there was no longer an active threat. Authorities did not immediately release details about the shooter or how the shooting unfolded.
It occurred at a sprawling complex that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities. At least 600 people work at the complex, which is widely known in the Milwaukee area as “Miller Valley,” a reference to the Miller Brewing Co. that is now part of Molson Coors.
“This is gut wrenching,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement. “My heart goes out to Molson Coors employees, their families, and the entire Milwaukee community. The DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation is on the scene and will continue assisting local law enforcement with whatever they need.”
James Boyles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his wife, Lasonya Ragdales, works at Molson Coors in the claims department. She was texting from inside the facility and told her husband that there was an active shooter and she was locked in a room with a bunch of co-workers, the Journal Sentinel reported.
“Miller Valley” features a 160-year-old brewery, with a packaging center that fills thousands of cans and bottles every minute and a distribution center the size of five football fields. A massive red Miller sign towers over the complex and is a well-known symbol in Milwaukee, where beer and brewing are intertwined in the city’s history.
The facility is also home to corporate customer service, finance, human resources and engineering. Tours take people to underground caves where beer was once stored, a saloon with intricate woodwork, a stein hall with stained-glass windows, a champagne room meeting hall with leaded-glass windows, and an outdoor beer garden that can hold 300 people.
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