Molson Coors shooter identified by sources as longtime electrician with company

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MILWAUKEE — The man accused of shooting and killing five coworkers at the Molson Coors plant in Milwaukee has been identified as a longtime electrician with the company, according to our partners at WTMJ 4.

Multiple sources tell WTMJ 4 that Anthony Ferrill, 51, of Milwaukee, was employed by Molson Coors for around 20 years.

Ferrill is accused of opening fire inside one of the buildings on the Molson Coors complex around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday.  The campus includes a mix of corporate offices and brewing facilities and employees more than 1,000 people.

“Heard what I thought was gunshots, but — and we thought somebody was playing a game by throwing something down the stairs, you know? No, it was a body,” said Molson Coors utility worker Randy Chenoweth.

Dozens of police officers, SWAT teams and FBI agents responded to the shooting. 

Police said employees received texts and emails from the company warning them about a gunmen.

“Active shooter, find a safe place, active shooter on campus. Reply with YES to confirm receipt,” the first text read.

“Active shooter We are still on lockdown, please remain in a safe place, police are investigating. Reply with YES to confirm receipt,” another one said.

Employees said they had active shooter training in the past and were told to stay in place until police arrived.

The five people killed were Molson employees and found in the same building.  Their identities have not been released, but police said their families have been notified.

A prayer vigil for the victims is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ridge Community church, roughly ten miles from the Molson Coors campus.

Officers are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.  Police said the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting happened as Molson Coors was hosting an annual conference in Texas. Company CEO Gavin Hattersley was at the conference, but traveled to Milwaukee after learning about the situation.

Molson’s corporate offices in Milwaukee are closed for the rest of the week and its breweries are closed until further notice.

“We are a family here at Molson Coors in Milwaukee and this is an unthinkable tragedy for us, Hattersley saidMolson’s corporate offices in Milwaukee are closed for the rest of the week and its breweries are closed until further notice.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered state and US flags lowered to half-staff Thursday “in honor of the victims of the mass shooting at the Molson Coors campus,” his office said.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said Wednesday’s shooting is the 11th mass shooting in Wisconsin since 2004.

“We are here on the scene of another American tragedy. Another senseless American tragedy. One that shouldn’t have to happen and unfortunately it’s in our backyard. And I hate to say that it is in our backyard once again,” he said.