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Five killed by gunman at Milwaukee brewery

A 51-year-old who worked at the brewery shoots and kills five of his colleagues before shooting himself, police say.

A brewery employee has murdered five of his co-workers in the US city of Milwaukee before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting was at the Molson Coors Brewing Co at about 2pm local time (around 8pm GMT) on Wednesday.

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The site of the brewery has over 20 buildings, a mixture of brewing facilities and corporate offices, with more than 1,000 workers.

Tom Barrett, The mayor of Milwaukee, has said in a statement: 

“There were five individuals who went to work today, just like everybody goes to work, and they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t – and tragically they never will.”

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Alfonso Morales, the chief of police, said after the shooting: 

“There is no threat at this time, and we will continue to investigate throughout the night.”

Police did not discuss with the media the motive of the 51-year-old male gunman.

Mr Morales said the bloodshed was an incident that was confined to the Molson Coors facility and mentioned that no members of the general public were involved.

Earlier, on Twitter, the Milwaukee brewery wrote: 

“There is an active situation at our Milwaukee facility, and we are working closely with the Milwaukee Police Department.”

“Our top priority is our employees, and we’ll provide updates in conjunction with the police as we are able.”

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, briefly spoke about the shooting before a previously planned news conference to talk about the nation’s response to the coronavirus, saying: 

“Our hearts break for (the shooting victims) and their loved ones.”

“We send our condolences. We’ll be with them, and it’s a terrible thing, a terrible thing.”

President Trump described the gunman as a “wicked murderer”.

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