Five killed in shooting at Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee; gunman also dead

Milwaukee police said they are investigating a "critical incident" in the area near the 4000 block of W. State Street and are asking the public to stay away from the area.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 2:49 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 6:30 PM


Five employees were killed Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at the Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee, police said.

The suspected shooter, a 51-year-old man from Milwaukee, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police Chief Alfonso Morales told reporters.

'It's a horrible, horrible day for the employees here,' Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters. 'It's a very rough day for anybody who's close to this situation.'

The campus in Milwaukee comprises corporate offices and two breweries. More than 1,000 people were working there at the time of the shooting, officials said.

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.

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 say there's no active threat at the complex.

Molson Coors said it 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.

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 -- rushed to the scene.

FBI Milwaukee is supporting police in the 'very active scene,' spokesman Leonard Peace said.

The CEO of Molson Coors was heading back to Milwaukee from a company conference in Texas, according to a source familiar with the company. 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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1200624

Reported Deaths: 19116
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3908917623
San Bernardino921641129
Riverside857691437
San Diego80018997
Orange767611577
Kern40632448
Fresno37994481
Sacramento36579566
Santa Clara33732476
Alameda29116511
San Joaquin25741502
Contra Costa23571261
Stanislaus21585424
Tulare20634308
Ventura19379175
Imperial15960356
San Francisco15377160
Monterey14753116
San Mateo14148170
Sonoma12049157
Merced11550179
Santa Barbara11340135
Kings1068787
Solano1004481
Marin7704129
Placer635468
San Luis Obispo612936
Madera605085
Yolo473775
Shasta471847
Santa Cruz435828
Butte389459
Sutter314415
Napa298817
El Dorado23154
Yuba198110
San Benito186516
Lassen17733
Tehama164925
Mendocino148522
Nevada11849
Tuolumne9818
Lake90919
Glenn8918
Humboldt8509
Colusa6946
Siskiyou6242
Amador55416
Mono5453
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3131
Inyo29016
Plumas2050
Trinity1580
Modoc1310
Mariposa1302
Alpine500
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 36°
Oroville
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 40°
Paradise
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 36°
Chester
Clear
14° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 14°
Red Bluff
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 29°
Willows
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Above average temperatures and sunny skies will be in in the forecast for the next 7 days. Sadly, no rain.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events