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Six dead as employee opens fire at Milwaukee brewery


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Police said the gunman who opened fire Wednesday at one of the nation's largest breweries in Milwaukee killed five employees before taking his own life.

Police identified the assailant who attacked the Molson Coors complex was a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who worked there.

The shooting occurred at a sprawling facility that includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities.

More than 1,000 people work there. It's widely known in the Milwaukee area as "Miller Valley," a reference to the Miller Brewing Co. that is now part of Molson Coors.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were senselessly taken, all of the folks and workers at Molson Coors, and the Milwaukee community as we grapple with yet another act of gun violence that will have long-lasting consequences for this community and our state," said Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.

Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley also released a statement.

"There are no words to express the deep sadness many of us are feeling right now. The most important thing is that we support and care for each other. 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," Hattersley said.

Howard Packowitz

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