Six people dead after shooting at Molson Coors Milwaukee brewery

Six people have been killed in a shooting at US beer producer Molson Coors’ brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The incident took place at Molson Coors’ Facility in Milwaukee (Photo: AI_HikesAZ/Flickr)

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said on Wednesday evening that multiple people were killed in a shooting on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus.

A gunman opened fire at the facility on Wednesday, before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials.

Molson Coors said in a statement there was an active shooter at the Milwaukee site on Wednesday, and later confirmed six people had been found dead at the brewery. Earlier reports had claimed seven had died.

The shooter, who was confirmed to be an employee at the brewery, was among those found dead. The brewer said there is no longer an active threat at the brewery, and employees have been allowed to leave the facility, which had been on lockdown during the incident.

Barrett said it was a “tragic day for the city.”

CEO Gavin Hattersley said in a statement: “There are no words to express the deep sadness many of us are feeling right now.”

Hattersley was in Houston for a company conference when he was made aware of the incident.

“The most important thing is that we support and care for each other. We ask that everyone be respectful of how our colleagues in Milwaukee are feeling during this incredibly difficult time and do what you can to be supportive.”

“Please hold your family members tonight and keep the families of fallen teammates in your thoughts.”

In response, large swathes of the brewery industry have come forward to show sympathy and support to staff at the Milwaukee brewery.

Late on Wednesday evening, AB InBev posted on Twitter that it was “saddened to learn of the violence that occurred at the Molson Coors headquarters in Milwaukee today.

“We stand with our friends and industry colleagues, and extend our sincere condolences to everyone touched by this tragic situation.”

The Brewers Association, which represents independent breweries in the US, also tweeted it was “devastated and stunned by the tragedy.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to our beer community colleagues and their families during this difficult time.”

Beer review site Untappd also said: “We are sending our deepest condolences to everyone impacted by today’s tragedy.”

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