Five people were killed in a mass shooting in a Milwaukee building of Molson Coors on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26. The shooter then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and made the incident become one of the worst shootings in Wisconsin history, according to USA Today.
Police in Milwaukee responded to an active shooting situation Wednesday afternoon near the area of the 4000 block of West State Street.
Five employees of the company were found dead in the building. The shooter, a 51-year-old brewery employee from Milwaukee, who was called “an active brewery employee” by Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley, died by suicide.
Multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI and ATF responded to the scene to assist with local law enforcement. Multiple nearby schools were locked down. The scene was chaotic two hours after the initial report.
“This is a tragic day for our city, a tragic day for our state. Five families, six families actually, are grieving. … This is a time for us to think about these families,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said at a press conference Wednesday night.
“Unfortunately, I am devastated to share that we lost five other members of our family in this tragic incident. There are no words to express the deep sadness many of us are feeling right now,” Hattersley said in an email sent to employees.
Hattersley said the Molson Coors office would be closed the rest of the week and the brewery shuttered “for the time being” to give people time to cope.
The victims would not be identified until families were notified, officials said.
“We are still learning more details about what happened at Molson Coors earlier today,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. “What we do know, though, is that more lives were lost in a mass shooting in Wisconsin.”
At an early evening press conference at the White House, President Donald Trump addressed the shooting, saying, “Our hearts break for them and their loved ones. We send our condolences. … It’s a terrible thing, terrible thing. So our hearts go out to the people of Wisconsin, and to the families.”
Before Wednesday’s shooting, the last mass shooting in the Milwaukee area was in August 2012 when the suspect, Wade Michael Page, fatally shot six people and wounded four others at a Sikh temple in suburban Oak Creek. He killed himself after being wounded in a shootout with police.
MPD is investigating a critical incident in the 4000 block of W. State Street. Please stay clear of the area at this time.
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) February 26, 2020