Victims, shooter in Molson Coors attack identified by Milwaukee police

Police identified the five employees who were killed and the co-worker who opened fire at the campus known locally as Miller Valley.

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By Doha Madani

The five people who were killed when a co-worker opened fire at Molson Coors headquarters in Milwaukee were identified by police Thursday.

All five victims were employees of the company's Milwaukee campus, according to police. They were identified as Dale Hudson, 60; Gennady Levshetz, 61; Jesus Valle Jr., 33; Dana Walk, 57; and Trevor Wetselaar, 33.

An earlier news release from police misstated some of the victims' ages.

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales also identified the gunman, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, as Anthony Ferrill, 51. Ferrill also was an employee of Molson Coors, and police have yet to state a motive for the attack.

Gavin Hattersley, chief executive of Molson Coors Beverage Co., said Thursday that the five victims were powerhouse operators, machinists and electricians. All 18,000 Molson Coors employees were mourning their loss, he said.

"They were part of the fabric of our company and our community, and we will miss them terribly," said Hattersley, who said he met with the victims' families as well as the company's Milwaukee employees, because they are "our single and Number 1 priority at the moment."

"It's really impossible to understand and imagine what they're going through at the moment, the loss they have incurred and the pain that they are feeling at the moment," Hattersley said. "Our focus right now is supporting them the best that we can."

Police responded to reports of a shooting at the campus, a mix of corporate offices and breweries known to residents as Miller Valley, just after 2 p.m. local time Wednesday. Morales said they found a man they suspected of being the shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as well as five other dead employees.

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It took authorities several hours to clear the scene and allow the employees to go home. There are 20 buildings on the beer company's sprawling campus, and more than 1,000 employees were at the Milwaukee headquarters.

Molson fully acquired MillerCoors in 2016 and announced last year that it would rebrand the company as Molson Coors Beverage Co.

Valle’s family said in a statement that "Jesus, better known as Jesse to his family and friends, was a loving husband, father, brother, and son who had a great life ahead of him. He filled every room with joy and laughter."

"We are devastated by this senseless act of violence," Valle's family said. "We continue to rely on God for peace and we thank everyone for their prayers." The family asked for privacy during this difficult time.