The city of Milwaukee is in mourning after a brewery employee lethally shot five individuals at the city’s Molson Coors grounds. Shooter killed himself Wednesday in one of the most exceedingly awful mass shootings in Wisconsin history.
The suspected shooter, a 51-year-old man from Milwaukee. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police Chief Alfonso Morales told reporters. President Donald Trump called the shooter a “wicked murderer” and offered his “deepest condolences” to the victims and families. “Our hearts break for them and their loved ones,” Trump told reporters during a Coronavirus briefing at the White House.
The first reports of a shooting came shortly after 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.
A recording of a police dispatcher relays there is a report of an active shooter, one person shot, and it is an “unsafe scene.” An officer on the scene found people performing CPR on a victim.
The attack 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.
According to preliminary information, the shooter, a 51-year-old employee. He was fired earlier in the day on Wednesday, and came back to the grounds with a weapon. Authorities state that at least eight people were shot. Both the FBI and the ATF responded to the scene to assist local law enforcement.
“There were five individuals who went to work today, just like everybody goes to work, and they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t – and tragically they never will,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
Victims won’t be publicly identified for 24 to 48 hours
Police reportedly stated that all five victims were found in the same building as the shooter. Milwaukee police added that the public will not know the identities of the victims for 24 hours, as families are notified.