A shooting at the MillerCoors brewery building in Milwaukee on the afternoon of February 26 left multiple people killed and wounded, including the suspect.
Police initially described the scene as a “critical incident” inside the MillerCoors brewery along West State Street in Milwaukee, according to the city’s Twitter feed. Scanner traffic indicated that there had been a shooting.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner has not been called to the scene. Local media has reported “significant police activity” in an area around North 40th Street and West State Street in the city.
In addition to local law enforcement, the FBI, the ATF and U.S. Marshals have responded to the scene. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, “Multiple people have died, including the shooter.” The mayor also described it as a “horrific shooting.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. 6 People, Including the Shooter, Were Killed
A source has told NBC Milwaukee there are “multiple casualties” as a result of the attack.
At around 8 p.m., ABC News reported six people were dead, including the shooter. Milwaukee Police Department Chief Alfonso Morales said five employees had been killed, and the shooter was found dead at the scene of a self-inflicted shooting.
2. The Suspect Is a Former Employee of the Brewery
The suspect in the shooting is a former employee of the brewery, according to WISN. The official name of the brewery is the Molson Coors Brewing Company. Fox Milwaukee reports the suspect was in uniform during the shooting.
Citing police sources, CBS Chicago’s Jermont Terry said the suspect had been fired on the day of the shooting. Terry said the suspect returned later in the day with a gun with a silencer and opened fire on his former colleagues. Terry’s sources said the suspect stole the nametag of a co-worker when he returned to the brewery.
Speaking ABC Milwaukee, a Molson Coors employee said she received an email about an active shooter near Building 4 in the complex. Local media confirmed employees were locked down inside the campus.
3. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin Has Thanked First Responders
In a statement on Twitter, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin said, “Gun violence has taken too many lives in Milwaukee and the mass shooting today is heartbreaking. I want to thank the first responders who ran into harm’s way and saved lives. My office is standing by to help the #MKE community in the wake of this tragedy.”
Senator Ron Johnson said, “Monitoring this frightening situation at an iconic Milwaukee brewery. Prayers go out to everyone affected.”
Congresswoman Gwen Moore tweeted, “The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating the scene, which is still active. My heart is with the victims, I am praying for everyone impacted by this tragedy.”
4. The Public Is Being Asked to Avoid the Scene Around the Brewery
The Milwaukee Police Department asked the public to avoid the area around West State Street and to use Highland Boulevard as an alternate route. A media staging area has been set up close to the scene. As a result of the incident, Marquette High School, which is close by, was placed on lockdown.
The Journal Sentinel reported at 3:30 p.m. local time that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was on the scene.
5. A Recent Restructuring Plan Would See Molson Coors Eliminate Between 400 and 500 Jobs in 2020
The Milwaukee office of Molson Coors Beverage Company employs 610 people. A recent restructuring plan from the company would see anywhere between 400 and 500 jobs eliminated, reported Reuters. The cuts were expected to save the company around $150 million and to move jobs to Milwaukee from Denver, where Molson is headquartered. The campus where the shooting took place is a mix of office buildings and brewing facilities.
According to Molson Coors’ Fortune page, the company employs 17,750 people worldwide. The company’s CEO is Gavin D.K. Hattersley. Molson acquired MillerCoors in 2016 and rebranded it as Molson Coors Beverage Company in 2016.