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Live updates on shooting with multiple fatalities near Molson Coors campus

Posted at 3:11 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 23:46:49-05

MILWAUKEE — Police say five people have been killed after a shooting at the Molson Coors Milwaukee campus. Here are the latest updates:

10:44 p.m. The Ridge Community Church's Greenfield campus will host a prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting, their families, and to pray for Milwaukee. "This will be an opportunity for our city to mourn, pray, and just be together as community."

10:14 p.m. Milwaukee County offering 24-hour crisis line after Molson Coors mass shooting

9:59 p.m. 'We were all pretty scared': Molson Coors Brewing employees react to mass shooting

9:16 p.m. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI 4th District) issued the following statement:

"My heart was torn apart when I learned the news of this tragedy. Our city grieves with all the innocent lives lost today. This is just the latest example of the painful toll that gun violence is having on communities across the nation.

The history and legacy of Molson Coors is a great pride of Milwaukee, and it’s an integral part of our vibrant community. It hurts to know that one of our economic and cultural staples was the location of such a violent tragedy.

While the details are still emerging, we know that our country needs to do more to prevent senseless gun violence. It’s a cruel irony that tomorrow will mark the anniversary of the House passing legislation to expand background checks on guns, which is languishing in the Senate.

The fight for stronger gun laws and greater investments in violence prevention measures such as de-escalation and conflict mitigation must continue and I am fortified to stay in this for Milwaukee.

While I’ll keep fighting in Washington D.C., I know that our city’s strong and resilient spirit will help us heal through this pain. I will always stand with the community and use my voice and power as a lawmaker to push for commonsense legislation that will make our communities safer."

8:33 p.m. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 494 Business Manager Dean A. Warsh issued the following statement on the shooting death of multiple people at Molson Coors:

"All of us at the IBEW are shocked and saddened to learn of the senseless deaths. We pray for the friends and families of those who were lost, for those fighting to recover, and we offer our support to all of those involved. IBEW members work hand-in-hand with other tradesmen and tradeswomen to make the brewery operate, and a tragic event like this rocks our entire labor community."

8:32 p.m. State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) issued the following statement on the Molson Coors shooting:

"Mary Jo and I are praying for all those impacted by today’s shooting in Milwaukee, including the victims and their families. May God’s peace ease your suffering at this time.

My profound thanks go to all the law enforcement and first responders who arrived on scene. The coordination between multi-jurisdictional departments is evident in the response and should be commended and admired by those throughout the community.

MolsonCoors and Miller Brewing are not just Milwaukee companies, they are woven into the fabric of Wisconsin. Please remember not just those that lost their lives and loved ones today, but also the thousands of employees who are impacted by today’s events.

Today and coming days should be focused on the victims and healing while we learn the facts of today’s events."

8:26 p.m. The shooting at Molson Coors is the 11th mass shooting in Wisconsin since 2004

8:12 p.m. The American Red Cross of Wisconsin says their volunteers are there to help:

8:09 p.m. Alex Lasry, Senior Vice President for the Milwaukee Bucks, wrote the following on Twitter:

8:00 p.m. Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, has called for an end to gun violence after the shooting:

My prayers are with the victims, employees, first responders, and all those at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors campus affected by another senseless tragedy. We must do better. We must act to end gun violence. Enough is enough.

7:55 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich sent out his condolences:

7:37 p.m. Molson Coors tweeted the following statement after today's tragic shooting:

7:04 p.m. 'A sad day for Molson Coors': CEO reacts to five killed in shooting near Molson Coors campus

7:03 p.m. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales gives update on Molson Coors campus shooting

Police Chief Morales gives update on Molson Coors campus shooting

6:57 p.m. Suspect in Molson Coors shooting found dead with self-inflicted gunshot wound, MPD Chief Morales says

6:56 p.m. 'A tragic day for our city': 5 people killed in Molson Coors shooting

6:44 p.m. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says a 51-year-old Milwaukee man carried out the shooting shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday and shot and killed himself. Police say there were also five other adult victims that were killed. All of the victims worked at Molson Coors, and no members of general public were involved. The names of the victims are not being released until family members have been notified.

6:39 p.m. The CEO of Molson Coors said that the shooter of today's shooting in Milwaukee was an active employee.

6:34 p.m. Summerfest wrote the following statement on Facebook:

6:32 p.m. Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale issued the following statement on the Molson Coors shooting:

Today's workplace shooting at Miller Coors Brewery is a terrible tragedy and our hearts are heavy with sorrow for all the workers and their families impacted by this senseless act of violence.

Every working man and woman who goes into work each day should be able to go home to their loved ones and their family members at the end of each and every shift, safe and sound.

Thank you to the brave first responders who rushed in to assist in this time of crisis.

6:25 p.m. Sprecher Brewery tweeted the following on the news of the shooting:

6:20 p.m. Gov. Tony Evers issued the following statement on the Molson Coors shooting prior to his scheduled news conference this evening:

6:18 p.m. The Milwaukee Admirals says a moment of silence prior to the game will take place this evening "in remembrance of our friends at MolsonCoors." Jon Greenberg, President of the Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club, writes "We ask fans to be in their seats by 7 p.m. to join us. God bless those innocent people whom we lost today."

6:13 p.m. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is offering the following resources for those experiencing distress from the Molson Coors shooting:

6:05 p.m. 'Wondering why this all happened': Molson Coors employee shares her thoughts on shooting

'Wondering why this all happened' Molson Coors employee shares her thoughts on Molson Coors shooting

6:04 p.m. The Milwaukee Brewers tweeted the following from their official Twitter account:

6:03 p.m. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), 2020 presidential candidate, tweeted "Thinking of the families of the victims and co-workers at Molson Coors tonight. Yet another tragic case of gun violence. Enough."

6:01 p.m. Milwaukee Police has changed the news conference time from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 35th and State Street. The Mayor, Chief Morales and other law enforcement officials will provide an update regarding this incident.

6:00 p.m. U.S. Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg tweeted the following:

5:58 p.m. State Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement regarding the shooting:

"While we are still awaiting additional information on the MillerCoors shooting, our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones today in the wake of this tragedy. We applaud the rapid response of the first responders who reacted to the MolsonCoors campus with expedience. It has been reported there are least seven fatalities and one person wounded as result of the active shooter situation; which also placed local schools as well as the Harley Davidson Corporation on lockdown. We will continue to keep the community updated as we receive further information from the authorities."

5:55 p.m. Anheuser-Busch InBev wrote the following on Twitter:

"We condemn the violence that occurred earlier today at the @MolsonCoors headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (US). We stand with our fellow brewers and extend our sincere condolences to those affected and their families."

5:52 p.m. First responders are arriving at the scene of shooting near Molson Coors campus:

5:48 p.m. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting massacre in Tucson, Arizona in 2011, issued the following statement:

"Milwaukee’s tragedy makes me furious. I’ve had enough of normal workdays ending in terror. I've had enough of families living with constant anxiety about active shooter drills and real-life tragedy. I’ve had enough of the shadow gun violence casts upon our daily lives. I’m fed up that we continue to tolerate a gun violence crisis that is ultimately preventable. The rest of America is, too."

"It's been one year since the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. In that year, like the last, nearly 40,000 Americans died from acts of gun violence. Despite this crisis, despite the 90 percent of Americans who support universal background checks, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell refuse to act. Every day they fail to act is a day we fail to protect our schools, workplaces, and communities. No sum of money, no political agenda, is worth the daily tragedy of gun violence in America. It’s time our country had leaders who understood what’s at stake."

5:44 p.m. President Trump says five people have been killed after a shooting at the Molson Coors Milwaukee campus.
5:44 p.m. President Trump says five people have been killed after a shooting at the Molson Coors Milwaukee campus.

President Trump says five people dead at Milwaukee Molson Coors shooting

5:41 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted the following on the shooting:
5:41 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted the following on the shooting:

5:40 p.m. Employees are starting to leave Molson Coors and heading into the parking structure to get their cars.
5:40 p.m. Employees are starting to leave Molson Coors and heading into the parking structure to get their cars.

5:38 p.m. Chris Larson, who is running to be the next Milwaukee County Executive, wrote the following on Twitter:

"Today we suffered another senseless mass shooting in our community. I cannot begin to imagine the anguish of the families forever scarred by today. It's our duty to protect our neighbors. Thoughts and prayers mean little without future action - it is beyond time we get it done."

5:34 p.m. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said this regarding the shooting at the Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee Wednesday:
5:34 p.m. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said this regarding the shooting at the Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee Wednesday:
"We are heartbroken by the senseless killings in Milwaukee today. Thanks to the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way. Our condolences go out to everyone in the community affected by today’s horrific events."
"We are heartbroken by the senseless killings in Milwaukee today. Thanks to the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way. Our condolences go out to everyone in the community affected by today’s horrific events."
5:26 p.m. Police presence at scene believed to be connected to Molson Coors campus shooting:
5:26 p.m. Police presence at scene believed to be connected to Molson Coors campus shooting:

Police presence at scene believed to be connected to Molson Coors campus shooting

5:25 p.m. Officers in tactical gear respond to shooting scene on Molson Coors campus:
5:25 p.m. Officers in tactical gear respond to shooting scene on Molson Coors campus:

Officers in tactical gear respond to shooting scene on Molson Coors campus

5:23 p.m. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wrote the following statement on Twitter:
5:23 p.m. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wrote the following statement on Twitter:

5:21 p.m. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and 2020 presidential candidate, tweeted the following:
5:21 p.m. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and 2020 presidential candidate, tweeted the following:

5:19 p.m. State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement:
5:19 p.m. State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement:

"I am profoundly saddened to learn about the number of lives lost today at a MolsonCoors facility. While we wait to understand the motive behind this tragedy, many of us are again shaking our heads in disbelief. We are forced to question if this was preventable? Were there warning signs? For now, however, we will humbly mourn the loss of life, support our neighbors and their families, and work to get through this difficult time."

5:17 p.m. State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement on the Molson Coors shooting:
5:17 p.m. State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement on the Molson Coors shooting:

"While some of the details of this afternoon’s tragic shooting at the Molson Coors campus are still hazy, one thing continues to be absolutely clear: it is past time to take real, decisive action in order to protect our communities from the scourge of gun violence. Because of the actions of one individual with irresponsibly easy access to a firearm, at least six Wisconsin families are mourning unfathomable losses, and an entire community has been traumatized. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families, and they and everyone affected by the events of this afternoon are in my prayers."

According to reports, a recently-fired former employee in uniform opened fire and took the lives of at least six other Molson Coors employees at the company’s Milwaukee campus this afternoon. The shooting at Molson Coors this afternoon marks the tenth mass shooting in Wisconsin since 2004.

"But in times like this, thoughts and prayers are not - and never have been - enough. In the past 16 years, Wisconsin communities have suffered ten mass shootings, and countless other fatal and near-fatal incidents involving firearms. Time and again, public opinion polling shows that Wisconsinites are in favor of common sense gun reform legislation. We have committed community groups like Moms Demand Action and the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort who have organized their communities and continue to keep these issues at the forefront. We have a governor who specifically called a special session of the Legislature this session in order to address gun violence. And yet, time and again, bought-and-paid-for Republican politicians in this state do everything they possibly can to block simple and popular reform measures from making their way through the political process, all while more and more Wisconsinites die as a direct result of their antipathy and inaction. So today, I have one question for any politician who continues to block these life-saving reforms: how many NRA dollars are Wisconsin lives worth?"

5:16 p.m. State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) tweeted the following:
5:16 p.m. State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) tweeted the following:

5:13 p.m. The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County is being called to Molson Coors:
5:13 p.m. The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County is being called to Molson Coors:

5:08 p.m. Statement from Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul regarding the situation at Molson Coors today:

"This is gut-wrenching. My heart goes out to Molson Coors employees, their families, and the entire Milwaukee community. The DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation is on the scene and will continue assisting local law enforcement with whatever they need."

5:02 p.m. Alderman Russell W. Stamper addressed the media:

5:02 p.m. Alderman Russell W. Stamper addressed the media:

Alderman Stamper speaks to media regarding Molson Coors incident

5:01 p.m. The latest from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who has confirmed multiple deaths at Molson Coors:

MKE mayor confirms multiple fatalities at Molson Coors

4:54 p.m. Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI 1st District) wrote the following on Twitter:

4:54 p.m. Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI 1st District) wrote the following on Twitter:

4:47 p.m. MPD: "The family staging area for the employees of Molson Coors will be in the Harley Davidson Parking Lot at 35th Juneau Ave."

4:42 p.m. Update from Milwaukee Police:

4:42 p.m. Update from Milwaukee Police:

"There is no active threat; however, this scene is still active."

4:41 p.m. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI 8th District) tweeted the following:

"The news out of Milwaukee is devastating, and my heart goes out to the victims, their families, and all those at Molson Coors. There’s no place for these kinds of hateful and disgusting acts in our society."

4:34 p.m. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) tweeted the following:

4:34 p.m. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) tweeted the following:

4:28 p.m. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) wrote the following online: "My heart is with the victims, I am praying for everyone impacted by this tragedy."

4:28 p.m. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) wrote the following online: "My heart is with the victims, I am praying for everyone impacted by this tragedy."

4:25 p.m. MolsonCoors issued their first statement on the critical incident at the Molson Coors campus near the 4000 block of West State Street.

4:24 p.m. Rebecca Klopf is on the scene at Froedtert Hospital:

4:22 p.m. Sen. Ron Johnson wrote the following statement online:

"Monitoring this frightening situation at an iconic Milwaukee brewery. Prayers go out to everyone affected."

4:21 p.m. Marquette Police wrote the following on Twitter:

Marquette Police are responding with MPD to reports of a critical incident at Molson Coors. There is no active threat to campus at this time and no buildings need to go on lockdown. The critical incident occurring at the Molson Coors campus is near the 4000 block of West State Street. Please stay clear of this area. We offer our prayers and support for the family and friends of those affected and for the entire Molson Coors family.

4:18 p.m. The Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee tweeted the following updates:

4:15 p.m. Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II issued the following statement on what's taking place near Molson Coors:

I join my colleagues, the residents of the 15th Aldermanic District and the entire City of Milwaukee family in offering sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of today’s horrific mass workplace shooting at Molson Coors (also commonly called MillerCoors).

If you can take a moment, please offer comfort to the loved ones of the victims, and also offer prayers and support for the workers of Molson Coors. The coming days and weeks ahead will be unimaginably challenging for them.

The vile and heinous deadly violence that was perpetrated at the brewery complex today has no place in our society and makes no sense. The cold disregard for human lives and the lack of value for human life that was shown must be categorically denounced across Milwaukee, across Wisconsin and throughout our nation.

We must work diligently each day to value our brothers and sisters, our neighbors, and even those we do not always see eye to eye with. We must look for the human value, the ties that bind us and the good and precious human spirit that each of us possesses.

We must all try to keep alive the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said so poignantly: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

4:10 p.m. Shaun Gallagher reports Spitfire on State Ave. is filling up with Molson Coors employees.

4:10 p.m. Shaun Gallagher reports Spitfire on State Ave. is filling up with Molson Coors employees.

4:05 p.m. Marquette University High School is still on lockdown. The following message was sent to families:

"An active shooter was reported at MolsonCoors. MUHS is safe and secure. We will hold students in lockdown until situation [is] clear."

4:04 p.m. This is the following statement from Milwaukee Public Schools:

Current families of students at Milwaukee Public School Story School can pick up their children. Busses are available to take students home. NO students will be allowed to walk home. Families can pick up students from the school and students can take their bus home.

Families can continue to call Story School to receive updated information.

3:51 p.m. Milwaukee Public Schools issued the following statement to TMJ4 News involving Story School's lockdown:

Because of today’s incident in the neighborhood around MolsonCoors, Milwaukee Public School Story School is on lock down. All students and staff are safe and in the school building. Story School is unable to let parents come to the school building to pick up students and cannot let any students or staff leave the building. All students and staff will remain safe at Story School until MPD has given clearance.

Concerned families can call Story School to receive updated information.

3:43 p.m. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says at this moment, they have NOT been called to Molson Coors.

3:41 p.m. ATF (Milwaukee, WI Field Office) is responding to the scene of an active shooter at the MillerCoors Building in Milwaukee, WI.

3:41 p.m. ATF (Milwaukee, WI Field Office) is responding to the scene of an active shooter at the MillerCoors Building in Milwaukee, WI.

3:30 p.m. MCTS bus routes are being impacted by the police presence in the area.

3:11 p.m. Employees at Harley-Davidson's location on Juneau Ave. are being told to remain in the building until further notice. In an email to employees, Harley-Davidson says there's a "confirmed active shooter situation" nearby and authorities are responding.

3:07 p.m. - Story Elementary School is on lockdown. No one is being allowed in or out until further notice.

2:58 p.m. - There are "multiple casualties" in an active shooter situation near Milwaukee's Molson Coors campus, a source tells TMJ4 News.

There is significant police activity with dozens of squad cars at the area of N. 40th St. and W. State St.

Police are expected to provide an update to the media soon. There's no word yet on specific numbers of injuries.

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