An employee at the Molson Coors Milwaukee Brewery campus shot and killed five people at the campus on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports from the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, the shooter was a 51-year-old man who then turned the gun on himself and is now dead.
Late in the day, Molson Coors President and CEO Gavin Hattersley responded to employees with this statement:
Earlier today we received news of an active shooter on our Milwaukee Brewery campus. The police have since confirmed the shooter, who was an active brewery employee, is now deceased. There is no longer an active threat and our employees are in the process of being released to go home to their families.
Unfortunately, I am devastated to share that we lost five other members of our family in this tragic incident. The police are still working to notify their relatives, so I am unable to provide more information at this time.
There are no words to express the deep sadness many of us are feeling right now. I am on my way to Milwaukee now because in the hours and days ahead, the most important thing is that we support and care for each other.
We’re closing our Milwaukee office for the remainder of the week and the Milwaukee Brewery will remain shut down for the time being as well to ensure our people have time to cope with today’s events. We ask that everyone be respectful of how our colleagues in Milwaukee are feeling during this incredibly difficult time and do what you can to be supportive.
Our free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available for anyone who needs confidential support. EAP is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at [number included in the letter but deleted here].
Please hold your family members tight tonight and keep the families of our fallen teammates in your thoughts.
Rory Gamble, president of the United Autoworkers Union, which represents Molson Coors production workers, also issued a statement:
Everyday hard-working UAW members and their coworkers go to work to make this country the great place that it is. That’s why it is so shocking to all of us that some at Molson Coors will not be coming home this evening. The UAW extends our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible incident. We will continue to advocate for safety, mental health services, and common sense gun provisions in the workplace.
We do not yet know what led to today’s incident. But we do know that deep down we must work to ensure that every person that goes to work in the morning will come home safe to their family in the evening. We mourn with the families today over their loss and for those who may be injured.