Gunman kills 5 at MillerCoors headquarters in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (WBAY) Milwaukee's police chief says five people and the suspected gunman are dead after a shooting on the MillerCoors campus Wednesday afternoon. The gunman took his own life.

Police originally said seven people, including the gunman, were dead.

There are no other wounded that police are aware of, but Police Chief Alfonso Morales said more than 1,000 people were working at the time and they need to do a headcount to find if anyone is unaccounted for. Officers are now searching the large buildings on this sprawling complex.

The shooter is identified only as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who worked at MillerCoors. Two law enforcement sources tell our sister station WISN-TV he was recently fired.

Asked if police think the shooter acted alone, Morales said they believe the situation is contained.

The first reports came shortly after 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. A recording of a police dispatcher relays there is a report of an active shooter, one person shot, and it is an "unsafe scene." An officer on the scene found people performing CPR on a victim.

A MillerCoors employee said she received an email about an active shooter near Building 4. Employees were sheltering in place. By 4 p.m. they were being allowed to leave with police escorts.

WISN saw numerous law enforcement agencies on the scene, including a SWAT team and bomb squad truck. They've also seen federal agents, including ATF.

Gov. Evers came to the scene Wednesday evening. At the police news conference, the governor asked for a moment of silence. "My role here tonight is to bring prayers from the people of Wisconsin for the loss of life that occurred."

"It is a horrible, horrible day for employees here. It is a very rough day for anyone close to the situation," Mayor Tom Barrett said earlier.

Officials from Miller's parent company, Molson Coors, were headed to Milwaukee.

A school adjacent to the MillerCoors campus was put in lockdown. WISN's helicopter showed students being led to school buses shortly before 3:30. About 30 minutes later, Milwaukee Public Schools released a statement saying students would be allowed to leave on buses or with relatives but would not be allowed to walk home without an adult.

The MillerCoors campus is located near N. 35th St. and W. Highland Blvd. 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.

Copyright 2020 WBAY. The Associated Press contributed to this report.