MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police on Thursday identified the gunman in the Milwaukee brewery shooting as an electrician whose home was searched Thursday.
The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at Molson Coors Brewing Co.'s massive brewery complex in Milwaukee, which employs around 1,000 people. Authorities have said the shooter was a 51-year-old Anthony Ferrill, of Milwaukee.
Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley said Ferrill was “an active brewery employee.”
Police identified the victims as Molson Coors Brewing Co. employees ranging in age from 33 to 57. The five men who were killed by their co-worker include an electrician, a Navy veteran, a father of two small children, a fisherman and a grandfather.
Hattersley says employees are grieving for the five who were lost, saying they were part of the fabric of the company and they will be missed. The motive for the shooting is still unknown.
Brewery Workers Local 9 of the United Auto Workers, which represents about 400 workers at the complex, issued a statement Thursday calling the shooting a “senseless tragedy" and alerting members that grief counselors would be available at their union hall in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb.