Police: Gunman kills 5 at Milwaukee brewery complex before killing himself

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WMTV) -- A 51-year-old man shot and killed five workers before taking his own life in the Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon, police said in an update.

Police work outside the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, after reports of a possible shooting. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Police Chief Alfonso Morales said that six people are dead, with no other injuries reported. Gov. Tony Evers, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and other officials released the updates and gave their condolences at a press conference near the complex Wednesday evening.

Milwaukee police said in a second press conference around 9:30 pm. that they have cleared out more than 20 buildings in the brewery complex.

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The shooting happened in the 4100 block of West State in the Milwaukee area known as "Miller Valley" just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. There, officers found the suspect dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers also found the five victims who were deceased, according to Chief Morales.

The identities of the victims and the shooter will not be released at this time, Morales said.

More than 1,000 people work in "Miller Valley," Morales said, and police officers will need to screen workers at the complex one by one. “We have several people we need to talk to, and we have to go through a roll call and identify who’s missing,” according to the chief.

“[It was a] terrible day for Milwaukeeans, and I pass on my condolences to the families, of the families to the employees of Miller[Coors] and the employees of Miller[Coors] or Molson Coors,” Morales said.

For several hours Wednesday afternoon, dozens of police officers, SWAT teams and FBI agents were seen deployed across the sprawling complex.

NBC15 News partner station FOX6 in Milwaukee reports that Molson Coors employees received text messages from the company, warning them of an active shooter threat.

"Find a safe place, active shooter on campus," according to one of the texts.

Molson Coors became the parent company of MillerCoors back in 2016.


Police work outside the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, after reports of a possible shooting. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)