Six Dead at Molson Coors Brewery After Gunman Opens Fire


There is no accounting for what exists in the minds of those around us.  A person that we know, and possibly know well, could simply snap one day, and create the sort of chaos that we only hear about on the 6 o’clock news.

Such is the case today at one of Milwaukee’s largest and most well-known breweries.

An employee opened fire Wednesday at one of the nation’s largest breweries in Milwaukee, killing five fellow workers before taking his own life, police said.

The assailant who attacked the Molson Coors complex was identified as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

“There were five individuals who went to work today, just like everybody goes to work, and they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t — and tragically they never will,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack and did not release details about the shooter or how the shooting unfolded.

This who knew the shooter were struggling to process what had happened.

Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley called the shooter “an active brewery employee.”

“Unfortunately, I am devastated to share that we lost five other members of our family in this tragic incident,” he said in an email sent to employees. “There are no words to express the deep sadness many of us are feeling right now.”

He said the office would be closed the rest of the week and the brewery shuttered “for the time being” to give people time to cope.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this senseless tragedy.