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Molson Coors Shooting

An employee walked onto the Molson Coors campus on Wednesday afternoon and began shooting, killing five coworkers before killing himself.

On 26 February, at around 2 p.m., people began calling law enforcement to report gunfire coming from what locals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, colloquially refer to as the old Miller Brewery. The campus includes roughly 20 buildings where more than 1,000 people work. The size of the site and its workforce meant law enforcement spent hours clearing the scene, according to The New York Tiimes.

Several details about the incident, including the identity of the 51-year-old shooter, the victims’ names, motive, and more remain undisclosed to the public. 

Along with the Milwaukee police department, additional law enforcement responded to the shooting, including SWAT teams, and federal agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

According to The Washington Post, the shooting was not only the first act of gunviolence in 2020 to claim more than four lives, but also Wisconsin’s eleventh mass shooting since 2004. The Post maintains a database of mass shootings that occur in the United States.

The brewery has shut down until further notice.

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers ordered for flags in the state to be flown at half-staff in honor of the lives lost. While Evers and other politicians, including U.S. President Donald Trump, expressed sorrow over the incident, some local and national Democrats said that the incident illustrated a need for stricter gun control. 

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