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'It's just a shame': Neighbor of Molson Coors shooter recalls gunman as good father, husband

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 19:17:55-05

MILWAUKEE — Thursday marked a busy day on a usually quiet street on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Investigators were at the home of Anthony Ferrill, the man police said opened fire and killed five people before shooting himself at Molson Coors Wednesday.

People living near Potomac and Courtland Avenue said they were shocked to learn Ferrill was the shooter.

"He was an excellent father. It's just a shame. His family will be without him," said Erna Roenspies, Ferrill's neighbor.

TMJ4 News sat with Roenspies as she read the newspaper. On the front page, it recounts the actions done by who police said was her neighbor.

She said it's hard to accept since she's known him for years.

"I can't swallow that yet. It’s going to take a while," she said.

She said Ferrill was an electrician with Molson Coors for many years. She never knew him to have issues at work.

"Anthony was a good husband. He worked hard. He did what he could with college and if his kids needed anything, he made sure they got it. That's how hard he worked," Roenspies said.

Thursday, investigators searched Ferrill's house and removed ammunition and other pieces of evidence. Police said in a press conference, a motive has yet to be determined.

"There was a mass of police cars. You couldn't park nowhere,” Roenspies said.

After a day of investigating, the tape was taken down and the side door entrance to the house was boarded shut.

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