Several people killed in shooting at Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee
Multiple people were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee, officials said.
Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters that several people, including the shooter, have died.
“It’s a horrible, horrible day for the employees here,” Barrett said. “It’s a very rough day for anybody who’s close to this situation.”
President Donald Trump said five people were killed and a number of people were wounded.
“Before I begin, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the victims and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson-Coors brewing company plant, taking the lives of five people, a number of people … badly wounded. Our hearts break for them and their loved ones,” Trump told reporters during a coronavirus briefing at the White House.
Several local news outlets have reported fatalities, but CNN has not confirmed a specific number.
Earlier on Wednesday, Milwaukee police said they were investigating a “critical incident” in the area near the 4000 block of W. State Street and asked the public to stay away from the area. For several hours, dozens of police officers, SWAT teams and FBI agents were seen walking in and near the sprawling complex of breweries and corporate offices.
Police have released few details but have said there’s no active threat at the complex. A news conference was planned for Wednesday evening.
Molson Coors said there was an “active situation” at the Milwaukee facility and the company was working closely with police. “Our top priority is our employees and we’ll provide updates in conjunction with the police as we are able,” the company tweeted.
The facility in Milwaukee comprises corporate offices and two breweries, which according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have about 750 employees.
US Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin described the incident as a mass shooting.
“Gun violence has taken too many lives in Milwaukee and the mass shooting today is heartbreaking,” Baldwin tweeted. “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.”
‘Find a safe place,’ texts warned employees
Several emergency text messages were sent to employees warning them of a shooter on the complex, CNN affiliate WITI reported.
“Find a safe place, active shooter on campus,” said one of the text messages shared with WITI.
Another employee, who was not at work at the time of the shooting, told CNN they began receiving texts and email communications about 2:18 p.m. (local time).
The first text indicated there was an active shooter in or near “South Packaging, building 4 2nd floor stairwell.”
Multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, responded to the scene.
FBI Milwaukee is supporting police in the “very active scene,” spokesman Leonard Peace said.
The CEO of Molson Coors is heading back to Milwaukee from a company conference that was taking place in Texas, according to a source familiar with the company.
CEO Gavin Hattersley was at the conference when he suddenly announced he was departing.
Molson Coors became the parent company of MillerCoors in 2016. Last year, Molson Coors announced it was retiring the MillerCoors name as part of a reorganization.
This is a developing story. Return for updates.
CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Gigi Mann, Eric Levenson, Paul Murphy and Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.
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