Sources told CBS 2’s Jermont Terry that five people were killed, including the gunman, at the campus at 4000 W. State St. in Milwaukee. The shooting happened in the brewery inside the plant.
Milwaukee police sources told CBS 2’s Terry that the gunman was fired earlier in the day. He returned and started shooting with a silenced gun, police sources said.
The gunman appeared to have stolen the nametag of another employee when he returned to work with a gun, sources told Terry.
One person who was talking to CBS 58 Milwaukee in the mid-afternoon reported being locked in a closet, and did not expect to go anywhere anytime soon.
The plant was placed on lockdown and employees were told to find a safe place to hide.
By 4:44 p.m., there was no further active threat, Milwaukee Police said. But the scene remained active.
Swat teams still arriving outside the Miller Coors plant in Milwaukee. Sources confirm 5 dead after gunman opened fire in the brewery of the plant this afternoon. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/fXdfgKjts2
— Jermont Terry (@JermontTerry) February 26, 2020
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said at the scene that multiple people had died, but had few other details. He advised everyone to stay away from the scene.
“It’s a horrible, horrible day for the employees here,” Barrett said, “It’s a very rough day for anybody who is close to this situation.”
Milwaukee Ald. Russell Stamper (15th), whose district includes the plant, called the situation “super sad.”
“It’s a horrible situation, and I’m just here to see what I can do and handle support,” Stamper said. “It’s just sad.”
The MillerCoors plant is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Milwaukee. Tours of the building were in progress at the time and were also placed on lockdown, CBS 58 Milwaukee reporter Bill Walsh reported.
Anastasia Vargas, who lives down the street, said she was leaving a doctor’s office nearby when she saw police officers racing to the scene of the shooting, and closing off nearby streets.
“It’s crazy. Milwaukee is getting real crazy. It just needs to stop. So much violence in Milwaukee. Too many kids around. I know over there there’s plenty kids around that area, and I just pray that everybody’s safe,” she said.
The site is a mile and a half north of Miller Park and 1.7 miles west of Marquette University, CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported. Police were blocking streets and access at 35th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
As of just before 3:30 p.m., CBS 58 Milwaukee reporter Brendan Cullerton reported the Miller Valley area where the plant is located was blocked off.
A nearby elementary school was also placed on lockdown, a school bus driver told CBS 58 in Milwaukee.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was on the scene in addition to Milwaukee Police and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Police, CBS 58 reporter Brittany Lewis reported.
BREAKING: MPD has media staging set up at 35th & State. There are multiple EMS crews, officers running pic.twitter.com/Qiyq4WuVCu
— Brittany Lewis (@brittlewisnews) February 26, 2020
MillerCoors is a subsidiary of MolsonCoors.