On Wednesday, at 2:08 p.m., an employee (possibly former) at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin opened fire on coworkers, killing 5, then turning the gun on himself. (USA Today) The suspect was in uniform when the police found his body. The suspect, a 51 year old man, stole the name tag of a current employee and returned with “two handguns.”
Update: Fox and the Milwaukee Sentinel report that the name of the suspect is Anthony N. Ferrill, 51. He was an African-American electrician who worked at the plant for 17 years. Ferrill believed he was being discriminated against, but frequently watched movies on his phone during the day, which led to disputes. He also claimed that people bugged his home computer and moved chairs around. Which means he was experiencing mental issue.
“Police were called to the complex where beer has been brewed for more than a century at 2:08 p.m. Ten minutes later, employees were notified by email that an active shooter was in or near the second-floor stairwell of the sprawling factory’s Building 4.
Police found the suspect dead from a gunshot wound inside one of the buildings. Five employees were found dead in the same building, Morales said.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
My Milwaukee Police sources confirm the shooter at Miller Coors was fired earlier today. Then returned with silencer on gun and opened fire. At least 5 were shot dead. The gunman appeared to have stole name tag of another employee when he returned to work with gun @cbschicago
— Jermont Terry (@JermontTerry) February 26, 2020
The company did not confirm the firing of the shooter, but called him an “active” employee as well as his victims.
Law enforcement from FBI, ATF, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Marquette University Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service were on scene along with the Milwaukee Police Department.
Employees were notified of the active shooter by text messages and emails.
The Molson Coors Brewing Company and Marquette High School nearby were placed on lockdown when the gunshots erupted in Building 4. The Brewery, formerly known as MillerCoors, has over 20 buildings and around 1,000 employees. It is locally known as “Miller Valley.” Police had to do a headcount of all who worked that day to make sure they located all the victims. The brewery and offices remain closed for at least the rest of the week to help the employees cope.
Milwaukee Police investigate active shooter news release. pic.twitter.com/NhycjiQlLv
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) February 27, 2020
The names of both victims and suspect have not yet been released as of this writing. The Governor of Wisconsin ordered that flags be flown at half staff on Thursday, according to ABC.
Reuters reported recently that the Molson Coors Brewing Company was planning on a “restructure” that would eliminate hundreds of jobs as the company seeks to changes its operation. The company employs over 17,000 people in the United States. Since the employee had reportedly been fired the morning of the shooting, it is unlikely that the restructuring was the motive.
Gun control advocates stormed Twitter after the incident, as they always do. “Get rid of the guns” was the cry of those who have no clue. Adding to the mess of idiotic statements was the fact that one of the suspect’s handguns had a suppressor/silencer which set off the fury even worse. There are over 29,000 registered silencers in Wisconsin, all of which have rigid background checks and a difficult federal procedure to own.