Anthony N. Ferrill, 51, shot dead his colleagues at the headquarters of the brewing company, now known as Molson Coors Beverage Co., in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon
The gunman who killed five co-workers and then took his own life at Milwaukee’s MillerCoors complex had worked there for 17 years and had a long running dispute with another employee.
Anthony N. Ferrill, 51, shot dead his colleagues at the headquarters of the brewing company, now known as Molson Coors Beverage Co., on Wednesday afternoon.
Ferrill had worked as an electrician at the company for 17 years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
A co-worker, who asked not to be named, told the outlet that Ferrill had been involved in a long-running dispute with one of the victims prior to the shooting.
Ferrill believed he was being discriminated against because he was black, the co-worker said.
The victim Ferrill had the ongoing dispute with had taken issue with the gunman frequently watching films on his phone during the workday, according to the co-worker.
Both Ferrill and that victim had also accused one another of stealing tools or tampering with their computer equipment.
Ferrill had been an electrician for 20 years after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard where he served from 1987 to 1991.
Police were searching the three bedroom home where he lived with his wife and children on Thursday.
Ferrill had been an electrician for 20 years after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard where he served from 1987 to 1991. He lived in a three bedroom home with his wife and three children
The shooting broke out at the MillersCoors campus on Wednesday afternoon. Ferrill shot dead five employees and then took his own life
People stand in the lobby of the Milller Coors campus after it was placed on lockdown for several hours during and in the wake of the shooting
The MillerCoors headquarters in Milwaukee. Molson Coors Beverage Company confirmed the incident in a tweet Wednesday afternoon
The suspect’s neighbor, Erna Roenspies, 82, cried as she stood at her front door, looking at the police tape around her neighbor’s home.
‘He was like a son to me,’ Roenspies said as she wiped her eyes. ‘I don’t know what triggered this. Let’s pray for everyone.’
She said the gunman was a good husband and father and helped his neighbor by doing odd jobs and repairs.
‘He would come over and fix anything,’ Roenspies said. ‘This is unreal.’
Authorities offered few details of the circumstances surrounding the shooting and no explanation for what might have triggered the carnage.
Workers at the plant said Ferrill seemed fine in the days before he stormed in and opened fire.
Earlier reports said Ferrill had been fired earlier in the day and he later returned with a gun fitted with a silencer.
Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack and have not yet released any details about the shooter or how the shooting unfolded.
None of the victims have been officially identified.