Six people, including a suspect, are dead after a shooting at the headquarters for MolsonCoors Brewing Company in Milwaukee this afternoon. According to local news reports, MolsonCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley emailed employees on Wednesday evening confirming the shooter was an “active employee” at the brewery and that five fellow employees were killed. As of press time at 7:52 p.m. EST, multiple buildings on the MolsonCoors campus have not yet been cleared and some employees have yet to be evacuated, but the Milwaukee Police Department stated that there was no longer an “active threat” at the scene.
“It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees here,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told press shortly after the situation unfolded around 2p.m. local time at the facility, which is located on the MillerCoors campus. “It’s a very rough day for anyone who is close to this situation.” During a later press conference with local and federal officials, Barrett affirmed that the attack was “unspeakable tragedy for our city.”
According to Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales, more than 1,000 people worked at the location, and that a “roll call” would be conducted to determine who is missing. Hattersley’s email announced that the company plans on shutting down the Milwaukee headquarters and the brewery for the rest of the week.
MolsonCoors is a major international beverage company that formed through the merger of Canadian brewer, Molson, and U.S. brand, Coors, in 2005. The Milwaukee campus houses both corporate offices and a brewing facility for MolsonCoors, in addition to “a 160-year-old brewery, underground caves, a Bavarian-style inn, and a seasonal outdoor beer garden” that are open to public tours, according to USA Today. Prior to that, the site was home to the Miller Brewing Company.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.