MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are responding to what they are calling a “critical incident” on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus amid reports of a possible shooting.
WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported Wednesday that a Molson CoorsTAP, +0.62%employee received an email about an active shooter near one of the buildings.
Martin Maloney, a spokesman for Denver-based Molson Coors, said there was an “active situation” but didn’t have any further details. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was reporting that at least seven were dead, including the shooter.
Two law-enforcement sources reportedly told WISN that the suspected shooter was a former employee who had recently been fired.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was on the scene, about three miles west of downtown Milwaukee in the city’s Miller Valley section. “It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees here. A very rough day for anyone who is close to this situation,” he told reporters.
The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among the agencies responding. Emergency crews were continuing to arrive at the scene nearly two hours after the initial call to police.
Live video showed a police officer in body armor getting an assault rifle out of a car.
The incident occurred at a sprawling complex that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities. At least 600 people work at the complex.
The Miller Valley campus was formerly the world headquarters of Miller Brewing Co., acquired in 2002 by South African Breweries. Molson Coors’s U.S. division, MillerCoors, is headquartered in Chicago.
Miller Valley features a 160-year-old brewery, with a packaging center that fills thousands of cans and bottles every minute and a distribution center the size of five football fields.
The facility is also home to corporate customer service, finance, human resources and engineering. Tours take people to underground caves where beer was once stored, a saloon with intricate woodwork, a stein hall with stained glass windows, a champagne room meeting hall with leaded glass windows, and an outdoor beer garden that can hold 300 people.
Milwaukee police asked that people stay clear of the area and that no helicopters or drones be flown over the site for “officer-safety purposes.”
James Boyles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his wife, Lasonya Ragdales, works at Molson Coors in the claims department. She was texting from inside the building and told her husband that there was active shooter and she was locked in a room with a bunch of co-workers, the Journal Sentinel reported.
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