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Gunman kills five people in beer factory in Milwaukee, US, then commits suicide

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A gunman killed five employees in one of the most famous American breweries in the northern city of Milwaukee on Wednesday before he committed suicide, in the latest episode of mass killings in the United States.

Alfonso Morales, chief of Greater Milwaukee Wisconsin, told reporters that when the shooting started in the afternoon, there were more than 1,000 employees at the factory of Molson Corse, the giant US-Canadian company that owns the famous Corse and Miller brands.

He added that the police later found the suspect, a 51-year-old man from the city, who had a dead body with a gunshot wound, likely that he had committed suicide.

Morales later indicated that the suspect was a factory employee.

The city’s mayor, Tom Barrett, told a press conference that the gunman killed five people, all of whom are employees of the facility.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy for our city,” the mayor said, adding that “they thought they would go to work, finish their day and return to their families.”

US President Donald Trump had announced the first official toll.

He said in a press conference devoted to talking about the new Corona virus, “An evil killer opened fire at a Molson Kors brewing company, killing five people and injuring a number of people, some of whom were seriously injured.”

American media, including ABC News and local Fox News, reported that the shooter was working in the brewery, but was fired early Wednesday from his work with this company.

The local CBS channel said it appeared that the shooter had stolen a card bearing the name of another employee and then returned to the factory with a pistol. The New York Times, on the other hand, quoted Democratic Representative Gwen Moore of the county that includes Milwaukee as saying that the shooter was still wearing the factory’s work clothes when he was shooting.

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“Molson Course” announced that it is working with the police, adding that “our priority is our employees.”

The “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” newspaper quoted the husband of a brewery employee as saying that his wife had been informed by the company of a shooter at the factory and was communicating with him via text messages while hiding with colleagues in a room.

Schools near the factory were closed, and a local teacher, Bree Townsend, told AFP that she could see police cars from the window.

The company was known as “Miller Course” until last year when it announced in October that it would undertake a major restructuring and officially changed its name to “Molson Course Brewing Co.”

It also moved its North American headquarters from Denver to Chicago as well as hundreds of administrative staff to Milwaukee, the city of 600,000 people overlooking Lake Michigan.

The company was expected to spend 400 to 500 employees as part of the corporate restructuring process.

“We are a family here at Molson Course in Milwaukee and what happened is an unimaginable tragedy for us,” Gavin Hattersley, chairman of the company, told a news conference late on Wednesday.

Morales indicated that the shooting location is known locally as Old Miller Brewing Company and according to Barrett, the plant is 165 years old.

This latest attack is among a long list of shootings in the United States that hit a record high in 2019 with 417 operations, according to research group “Gan Faulence Archive”.

A database compiled by The Washington Post includes 175 shootings, each killing at least four people since 1966. The data indicates that the attacks have recently become more tense and bloody.

Democrats who control the House of Representatives have made one of their priorities a matter of regulating the use of weapons, but the leader of the Republican majority in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, has said that he will not introduce a firearm law unless he has presidential support, but Trump did not express his opinion clearly.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered condolences to the families of the Milwaukee victims and criticized McConnell. “The American people are tired of blocking McConnell,” she said, adding that “Democrats in the House of Representatives will continue to continue to move around the country until McConnell put forth these important laws and end the scourge of armed violence forever.”

Democratic candidates for the presidential election, including Pete Bottledge and Senator Elizabeth Warren, have renewed calls for an end to arms-related violence.

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