A fired employee opened fire on a major brewery's Milwaukee campus on Wednesday, and President Donald Trump said five people were killed.
Trump's comments at a press conference on the new corona virus were the first official word on the number of victims of the recent spasm of the American gun violence epidemic.
"An evil killer opened fire in a Molson Coors brewery and claimed the lives of five people, a number of the wounded and some seriously injured," said Trump.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said earlier that there were "multiple deaths" and he believed this included the shooter.
"It's a terrible, terrible day for the employees," he said, asking the residents to stay away from the area.
US media such as ABC News and the local Fox subsidiary reported that the shooter was fired earlier that day by the beer giant that owns the Coors and Miller brands.
The local CBS partner said the shooter apparently stole another employee's name tag and then returned to the office complex with a gun.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that in addition to the shooter, six people were killed in the killing spree. The local CBS partner said four people were killed as well as the shooter.
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The police in the city of the Midwest should hold a press conference at 6:00 p.m. (0000 GMT). They tweeted that the scene remained "active" – but that there was no longer a threat.
The Chicago Department of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office was also on site.
Molson Coors said it works with the police and added, "Our top priority is our people."
Journal Sentinel quoted a brewer's husband, Lasonya Ragdales, when she was informed by an active gunman's company on the site and texted him while she was locked in a room with colleagues.
Nearby schools have also been blocked.
Known as MillerCoors until last year, the beer company announced in October 2019 that it would undergo a major restructuring, and officially changed its name to Molson Coors Brewing Co.
The North American headquarters moved from Denver to Chicago, and hundreds of corporate headquarters relocated to Milwaukee.
The company was expected to cut 400 to 500 jobs across the company during the restructuring.
The Milwaukee shootout is the latest in a long list of gun violence in the United States that saw a record 417 mass shootings in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive research group.
As America digested another mass shootout, the Democratic President's hope began to weigh.
"May we find the strength and will to act against gun violence and never accept the unacceptable," said Pete Buttigieg.
"I am devastated for the victims, and my heart is with their loved ones and everyone affected by this tragedy. We should not have to live with this constant horror and grief. We must act now to stop the gun violence epidemic quit, "said Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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