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'A tragic day for our city': 5 people killed in Molson Coors shooting

Posted at 2:37 PM, Feb 26, 2020

MILWAUKEE — Five people were killed in a shooting near Milwaukee's Molson Coors campus, according to Milwaukee police. The suspected shooter also died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dozens of squad cars and emergency responders were called to the area of N. 40th St. and W. State St. just after 2:00 p.m.

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Police say the gunman who opened fire at one of the nation's largest breweries in Milwaukee killed five employees before taking his own life.

Police identified the assailant who attacked the Molson Coors complex as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who worked there. The shooting occurred Wednesday at a sprawling facility that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities.

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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.

Several nearby businesses, including Harley-Davidson, were placed on lockdown as a result of the shooting.

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All five victims of the shooting were identified in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Their names are:

  • Jesus Valle Jr., 33
  • Gennady Levshetz, 61
  • Trevor Wetselaar, 33
  • Dana Walk, 57
  • Dale Hudson, 60

"They were husbands, they were fathers, and they were friends," Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley said at the news conference. "They were part of the fabric of our company and our community, and we will miss them terribly."

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Both Chief Morales and Mayor Tom Barrett requested privacy on behalf of the victims' families.

"They've gone through something nobody wants to go through," Barrett said.

"What is most important right now is that we as a community come together and put our arms around these grieving families," the mayor said.

Police have confirmed the area is no longer a threat to the public.

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