Gunman kills 5 at Milwaukee brewery before taking own life

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The gunman who opened fire at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors brewery complex killed five people before taking his own life, according to Chief Alfonso Morales with the Milwaukee Police Department.

Morales identified the gunman as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who worked at the complex. Police say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The five people killed were also employees there.

Earlier on Wednesday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said multiple people had been killed in a shooting on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus.

He called it “a horrible, horrible day for the employees here.”

Word of multiple deaths came as Milwaukee police responded to what they called a “critical incident” on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to the scene of an “active shooter.”

It occurred at a sprawling complex that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities. More than 1,000 people work there.

It’s widely known in the Milwaukee area as “Miller Valley," a reference to the Miller Brewing Co. that is now part of Molson Coors.

Executives planned to close the complex for a time.

During a press conference Wednesday evening, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said this incident was the 11th mass shooting in Wisconsin since 2004.

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