5 dead at MolsonCoors campus in Milwaukee, President Trump says

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At least five people were killed on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire at the MolsonCoors headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday evening.

The president extended his condolences to the victims.

Sources also Sources told CBS 2 there are multiple casualties, but police were yet to confirm the death toll.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said “Police were called to the brewery complex at 3939 W. Highland Ave. at 2:11 p.m. Eight minutes later, employees were notified by email that an active shooter was in or near the second-floor stairwell of the sprawling factory’s Building 4.”

It said “around 4:45 p.m. police reported there was no active threat but the scene was still active, and asked people to say clear of the area”.

The report said police also set up a staging area for Molson Coors employees and families in the Harley-Davidson factory parking on Juneau Avenue.

“It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees here. It is a very rough day for anyone who is close to this situation,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said at the scene at 4:30 p.m, accoring to the report.

Television footages showed a large police presence on the scene at the beer company’s MillerCoors campus and the Milwaukee Police Department asked people stay clear of the area.

In a tweet, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding to an active shooting at the MillerCoors building. An unconfirmed report said at least seven people had been killed. That figured had not been confirmed by the authorities.

Reports said a number of schools and businesses in the surrounding area were on lockdown as authorities responded to the incident.

MolsonCoors owns both the Coors and Miller beer brands confirmed the incident, according to report, saying it was working with the authorities on an active situation at its Milwaukee facility.

“Our top priority is our employees and we’ll provide updates in conjunction with the police as we are able,” the company said on Twitter.

USA Today had reported last October that Molson fully acquired MillerCoors in 2016 and announced it would rebrand the company to Molson Coors Beverage Co. last year.

NBC said the shift was also part of a corporate restructure that moved hundreds of jobs from Denver to Milwaukee in a cost cutting measure.

This is a developing story that would be updated.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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