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Five dead in Milwaukee shooting at Molson Coors beer company

Police and emergency officials work at an active shooter scene at the Molson Coors headquarters Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The shooting took place at Molson Coors headquarters

Five people have been killed in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin state, local officials say.

They say the gunman died from "self-inflicted wounds". The man - a 51-year-old Milwaukee resident - worked for the company. His motives were unclear.

The shooting occurred in the early afternoon while hundreds of employees were still at work.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said it was a "tragic day for the city".

Speaking at a news briefing shortly after Wednesday's shooting, he described it as a "horrific act".

Meanwhile, Milwaukee police chief Alfonso Morales said that the five victims were all employees of the brewing company.

He praised the way the city's police, FBI officers and firefighters responded to the attack.

As the incident unfolded, nearby schools and businesses were locked down, local media report.

Speaking at the White House in Washington, President Donald Trump offered his "deepest condolences to the victims and families in Milwaukee".

He described the gunman as a "wicked murderer".

Wisconsin congressman Mike Gallagher condemned the attack on Twitter, saying: "There's no place for these kinds of hateful and disgusting acts in our society."

Molson Coors owns the Coors and Miller beer brands.

The company's CEO said they were devastated. "The most important thing is that we support and care for each other," Gavin Hattersley said in a statement.