An employee shoots at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee, and kills five coworkers before shooting himself.
The company did not identify the 51-year-old shooter, but said he was an “active” employee. The company also did not provide details about possible motives for Wednesday’s shooting or the identities of the victims, awaiting family notification.
All those killed were Molson Coors employees, and were found in the same building, police said, quoted by CNN, February 27, 2020.
“There are five people who go to work today, just like everyone goes to work, and they think they will go to work, finish their day and return to their families,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “They don’t go home. And tragically, they will never go home again.”
More than 1,000 people worked in the beverage factory when the police received the shooting report at 2:08 pm local time, said police chief Alfonso Morales. The complex includes a combination of corporate offices and brewing facilities.
A few minutes later, the employee received an SMS and e-mail from the company to warn them about the gunman. “Active shooters, find a safe place, active shooters on campus. Reply with YES to confirm receipt,” the first text reads.
“Active shooters. We are still locked, please stay in a safe place, the police are investigating. Reply with YES to confirm the receipt,” said another.
Dozens of police officers, SWAT teams, and FBI agents rushed to the scene and could be seen walking around the Miller Valley neighborhood, named after the 160-year-old brewery.
No one was injured in the shooting at a facility consisting of more than 20 buildings, of which around 1,400 workers were employed by beer companies in the largest city of Wisconsin, Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales said.
The entire Molson Coors property was closed by the police for several hours after the shooting when the police combed every building in anticipation of further threats or casualties.
Morales said the shooting at the Molson Coors complex west of downtown, a facility known to locals as an old Miller brewery, and no outsiders were involved or affected.
Miller Beer is one of the company’s leading brands, and Mayor Tom Barrett said the factory had been a part of the city for 165 years.
Morales believes the shooters at the brewery acted alone, and his body was found in the same building with five of his victims after shooting himself.