Wisconsin leaders react to shooting at Molson Coors’ Milwaukee headquarters

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MILWAUKEE — Politicians and other state leaders are reacting to the “critical incident” reported at the Molson Coors facility in Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters multiple people are dead, including the shooter.

Attorney General Josh Kaul posted on Twitter, calling the situation “gut wrenching.”

Representative Evan Goyke’s district includes the Molson Coors campus.  He sent his condolences to everyone affected during “this unimaginable time.”

Gorke and Milwaukee-based Senator LaTonya Johnson issued a joint statement saying:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in the devastating workplace shooting in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Our hearts go out to everyone affected during this unimaginable time.

Acts of violence like this shake our communities to their core. We all deserve to feel safe at home, at work, and in our community.

We are grateful to the first responders and law enforcement personnel who responded to this tragic incident. We appreciate their brave work and dedication to our community.

Molson Coors is a part of our community and we are a part of theirs. They have been a part of Milwaukee’s near west side for over 100 years. We grieve over the loss of life and pledge to work to build the safest community we can. We are grateful for all that Molson Coors has done in conjunction with the Near Westside Partners to bring our neighborhoods together.”

Governor Tony Evers will reportedly be part of the press conference scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin thanked first responders and said her office was ready to help the Milwaukee community.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson called the shooting a “frightening situation,” saying he was monitoring it from Washington, D.C. and sending prayers.

Sen. Johnson’s office also released a statement on his behalf, saying:

“We are heartbroken by the senseless killings in Milwaukee today. Thanks to the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way.  Our condolences go out to everyone in the community affected by today’s horrific events.”

Senator Lena Taylor, who is running for Milwaukee Mayor, released a statement saying Milwaukee is joining an “ugly statistic” we’re seeing across the country.

The statement goes on to say:

“I’m profoundly saddened to lean about the number of lives lost today at a Molson Coors facility.  While we wait to understand the motive behind this tragedy, many of us are again shaking our heads in disbelief.  We are forced to question if this was preventable?  Were there warning signs?  For now, however, we will humbly mourn the loss of life, support our neighbors and their families, and work to get through this difficult time.”

Milwaukee Representative LaKeshia Myers issued a statement as well, mentioning the lockdowns that resulted from the shooting:

“While we are still awaiting additional information on the MillerCoors shooting, our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones today in the wake of this tragedy.  We applaud the rapid response of the first responders who reacted to the MolsonCoors campus with expedience. It has been reported there are least seven fatalities and one person wounded as result of the active shooter situation; which also placed local schools as well as the Harley Davidson Corporation on lockdown. We will continue to keep the community updated as we receive further information from the authorities”.