Six Dead, Including Suspected Shooter, After Mass Shooting at Molson Coors Headquarters in Milwaukee

Six people were killed in a mass shooting at the Molson Coors Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The shooter, whose name has not yet been released, was found dead at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Names of the victims have also been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Sources told local media that the shooter was an employee of Molson Coors who had been fired earlier in the day. Allegedly, the shooter stole another employee's nametag and entered the building during a shift change. His weapon was reportedly equipped with a silencer.

"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," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett during a Wednesday news conference. "They didn't, and tragically, they never will."

"It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees," Barrett added. "It is a rough day for anyone close to the situation."

Employees were allegedly notified by email that a shooter was active in the building at approximately 4 p.m. local time. People took shelter inside the building until the situation was brought under control. Approximately 1,400 individuals are employed at the Molson Coors business complex.

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Multiple people were killed during a mass shooting event at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Wednesday. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty

As officials from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals and police from Marquette University responded, the building was placed on lockdown.

When contacted for comment, the Milwaukee Police Department directed Newsweek to Twitter.

"This is something that should rest heavily on all of our hearts, all of our minds moving forward," said Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes Wednesday. "This is something that we should never come to accept as a society."

Governor Tony Evers thanked first responders in a Wednesday tweet.

"I just want to say thank you to the folks at Molson Coors and our first responders who acted quickly to contain the situation and get folks and students in the nearby areas to safety," Evers wrote.

I want to say thank you to the folks at Molson Coors and our first responders who acted quickly to contain the situation and get folks and students in the nearby areas to safety.

— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) February 27, 2020

President Donald Trump offered his condolences to those involved at the beginning of a Wednesday news conference.

"Earlier today, a wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors Brewing Company plant, taking the lives of five people," Trump said. "Our hearts break for them and their loved ones. We send our condolences and we'll be with them. It's a terrible thing."

Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley said the office would be closed for the duration of the week.

"Unfortunately, I am devastated to share that we lost five other members of our family in this tragic incident," Hattersley wrote Wednesday in an email to employees. "There are no words to express the deep sadness many of us are feeling right now."

Updated 9:33 p.m. EST 2/26/2020: This story was updated to include recently released information.