Six dead as police confirm MillerCoors HQ shooter was an employee fired just hours before the Wednesday afternoon shooting
MillerCoors electrician, 51, who shot dead five co-workers then himself at Milwaukee plant was a long-time employee of the brewery and ‘had been in a long-running dispute with a colleague
Anthony N. Ferrill shot dead five co-workers and then took his own life at the MillerCoors complex in Milwaukee around 2 pm on Wednesday
Ferrill had worked as an electrician at the company, now known as Molson Coors Beverage Co., for 17 years
Co-workers said Ferrill had been in a long-running feud with one of the victims
US Coast Guard veteran Ferrill believed he was being discriminated against because he was black, a co-worker said
Police were searching the three bedroom home where he lived with his wife and children on Thursday
Gunman Anthony N. Ferrill, [L – R], shot dead his colleagues at the headquarters of the brewing company, Molson Coors Beverage Co., in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon. He’d been fired that morning after 17 years in the company
The gunman today killed five co-workers before shooting himself at Milwaukee’s MillerCoors complex had worked there for 17 years and had a long running dispute with another employee.
Anthony N. Ferrill, 51, shot dead his colleagues at the headquarters of the brewing company, now known as Molson Coors Beverage Co., on Wednesday afternoon.
Ferrill had worked as an electrician at the company for 17 years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Former US Coast Guard Ferrill had been an electrician for 20 years after being honorably discharged in 1991.
A source, also a former co-worker, revealed that Ferrill who claimed he was being discriminated against because he was black, had been involved in a long-running dispute with one of the victims prior to the shooting.
This particular victim allegedly had taken issue with the Ferrill frequently watching films on his phone during the workday, according to the source.
the men also had accused one another of stealing tools or tampering with their computer equipment.
Police were searching the three bedroom home where the shooter lived with his wife and children on Thursday.
Ferrill had been an electrician for 20 years after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1991. He claimed he was being discriminated against because he was black and he’d been involved in a long-running dispute with one of the victims prior to the shooting
The Molson Coors Beverage Company headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., confirmed the shooting rampage Wednesday afternoon
Workers at the plant said Ferrill seemed fine in the days before he stormed in and opened fire.
Earlier reports said Ferrill had been fired earlier in the day and he later returned with a gun fitted with a silencer.
Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack and have not yet released any details about the shooter or how the shooting unfolded.
None of the victims have been officially identified.
MillerCoors employees stand in the lobby of the Miller Coors campus after it was placed on lockdown for several hours during and in the wake of the shooting on Wednesday
Police are seen near the MilllerCoors campus in Milwaukee in the hours after the shooting. The shooter Anthony Ferrill was fired from company in the morning
When the shooting broke out, employees say they were ordered to find a safe place to hide.
One of the employees said they received an email saying the shooter was located in the stairwell of one of the brewing facility’s buildings.
Officers worked for hours to clear the more than 20 buildings in the complex where more than 1,000 people work. The incident occurred at a sprawling complex that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities.
Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately, I am devastated to share that we lost five other members of our family in this tragic incident. 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.
Molson Coors said Wednesday there was an active shooter on its Milwaukee campus and ordered its employees to find a safe place to hide
The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among the agencies who responded to the shooting.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a condolence message said his thoughts were with the six families grieving “because of this horrific act.”
“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, would finish their day and go home to their families,” Barrett said. “They didn’t and tragically never will.”
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers arrived at the scene and led a moment of silence at an evening news conference, saying he and his wife would be praying for the victims’ families.
“Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were senselessly taken today, all of the folks and workers at Molson Coors, and the entire Milwaukee community as we grapple with yet another act of gun violence that will have long-lasting consequences for this community and our state,” Evers said in a statement.