Brewery employee fatally shoots 5 co-workers before killing self in U.S. state of Wisconsin

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-27 15:41:54|Editor: xuxin
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- A shooter opened fire and killed five people Wednesday in Milwaukee, the U.S. state of Wisconsin, before shooting and killing himself.

The shooting rampage took place on the Milwaukee campus of beer brewer Molson Coors, whose chief executive officer, Gavin Hattersley, told employees in an email that the gunman was "an active brewery employee" at the facility, according to local media reports.

Milwaukee Police Department said in a news release that it "received multiple calls of a shooting" at 2:08 p.m. local time (2008 GMT) and found six fatalities upon arrival at the scene, including the 51-year-old shooter, who "died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting the investigative effort of the Milwaukee Police Department, which has not yet determined the motive behind the shooting and said there was no active threat anymore.

U.S. President Donald Trump offered condolences before updating reporters about the coronavirus at a news conference inside the White House press room.

"Our hearts break for them, we send our condolences," Trump said. "It's a terrible thing. Our hearts go out to the people of Wisconsin and their families."

Molson Coors campus in Milwaukee is also a major tourist attraction exemplifying the city's rich history of beer brewing.