MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee’s mayor says multiple people have been killed in a shooting on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus. Mayor Tom Barrett says the dead include the shooter. He did not give an exact number of people killed in Wednesday’s shooting.
It occurred at a sprawling complex that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities. At least 600 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.
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MILWAUKEE (WITI/WKRN) — Police are responding to an “active shooter” near the Miller Brewing Company near 41st and State in Milwaukee. Sources told WITI seven are dead.
The shooter was an employee in uniform, sources said. That employee was fired Wednesday, Feb. 26, sources said.
WITI is on scene with multiple crews.
MillerCoors employees ‘shaken’ amid ‘intense situation’
Here’s a look at the alert employees received:
One MillerCoors employee who works in accounts receivable said they were placed under lockdown, and described an “intense situation.” She said no one was being allowed to leave. She shared video with WITI — showing multiple officers responding to the incident.
The wife of a MillerCoors employee told WITI her husband witnessed one of the shootings. She said he was “very shaken up,” and was driving home from work when WITI spoke with her. She told WITI: “All he said so far was that he saw a guy get shot in the head about 15 ft from him. He is an Army Vet and is having difficulty processing this shooting.”
A Milwaukee Public Schools spokeswoman said Story School was also placed under lockdown. The spokeswoman said, “all students and staff are safe and in the school building.” As of 3:45 p.m., they were not allowing parents to come to the school building to pick up students and were not allowing any students or staff to leave the building. In an update around 4 p.m., the spokeswoman said parents could pick up their children, and buses were available to take students home, but no students were being allowed to walk home.
Marquette University High School was briefly on lockdown. Some parents showed up, and individual students were escorted to their parents by staff. An all-clear was given before 4 p.m.
Officials with the Wisconsin Humane Society posted on social media they were placed under lockdown as a result of this incident. They asked that everyone avoid the area. The lockdown was lifted at WHS after 4 p.m.
Fast facts on Miller Brewing in Milwaukee
- 8.5 million barrels of beer brewed here every year in Milwaukee.
- 1,400 jobs in Milwaukee.
- Founded in 1855 by Frederick Miller in Milwaukee.
Molson Coors Beverage Co. is the corporate parent company of MillerCoors. At the end of 2019, Milwaukee Mayor To Barrett announced Molson Coors was moving hundreds of corporate office jobs to Milwaukee, in addition to the 1,400 existing Milwaukee jobs. While the company announced a net “hundreds” of jobs would be added, they did say some jobs would be moved or lost here in Milwaukee due to the corporate restructuring.
Molson Coors headquarters is in Denver, Colorado. The company employs about 17,750 workers internationally, according to Fortune.com.
If you or someone you know was impacted by this incident — resources are available through the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention.
News 2 sister station WITI-TV is on the scene. Stay tuned for updates.