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'I don't believe race played a role': Chief responds to claim mass shooting was racially motivated

Posted at 10:22 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 23:23:39-05

MILWAUKEE — One week ago, five people were shot and killed inside Molson Coors by Anthony Ferrill. He then turned the gun on himself. WTMJ radio host John Mercure interviewed Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales Wednesday afternoon on the question of a possible motive.

"I don't believe race played a role," said Morales. "I'm going to go out on a limb on this one and say that I believe that this was more mental health issues. As we develop that, just based on the information that we're getting, that's where it's leading us."

This comes one day after Molson Coors spoke publicly about an incident involving a noose. There was one found in Ferrill's locker five years ago.

"Our HR team brought it to his attention we investigated it fully and tried to find video cameras, said Adam Collins, chief communications and corporate affairs officer, Molson Coors. "What we have inside the space to see if we could figure out who placed it there."

The Milwaukee Police Chief said he is basing his findings on his experience and where the investigation stands so far.

"Most often, if an employee is going postal, they're going to go after management and supervision. The person that they are having a problem with. In this place, this were his peers."

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales the night of the mass shooting at Molson Coors Brewery in the Miller Valley.

Morales said right now the evidence shows that Ferrill was friends with some of the victims.

"It isn't a racial piece when one of the people that you killed was a person that you picked up because they had car troubles to get to work," said Morales.

He said there might have been an argument before the shooting.

"If there were an argument that would not send it or make it a racial issue," said Morales. "What impacted me today to cause me to make a decision to conduct in a behavior like the suspect did in this case, and that is not necessarily the answer."

Morales also said there was no suicide note left by Ferrill. Milwaukee Police said expect they expect the investigation will continue for the next several weeks.

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