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Gunman kills 5 co-workers and himself in US brewery shooting

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MILWAUKEE: A gunman opened fire at the Molson Coors Beverage Company brewing complex in Milwaukee on Wednesday, killing five co-workers before he was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the city's police chief said.

No one else was injured in the violence at the sprawling campus of more than 20 buildings, where some 1,400 workers are employed by the beer company in Wisconsin's largest city, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.

The entire Molson Coors property was placed under a security lockdown for several hours following the gunfire as the police swept each building to rule out any further threats or victims.

"We can now say that the scene is secure. All employees who were on scene have been allowed to go home," Mr Morales said several hours after the afternoon shooting.

Mr Morales said the bloodshed was confined to the Molson Coors complex west of downtown - a facility known to locals as the old Miller brewery - and that "no members of the general public were involved".

Miller beer is one of the company's leading brands, and Mayor Tom Barrett said the plant has been part of the city for 165 years.

Morales said the body of the dead gunman, who was believed to have acted alone, was found in the same building as his five victims.

The suspect was described by the police as a 51-year-old Milwaukee resident and employee of Molson Coors.

Details about the circumstances of the shooting, including what may have precipitated the carnage, were not provided by the authorities.

"We are a family here at Molson Coors in Milwaukee, and this is an unthinkable tragedy for us," company president and chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley told reporters.

US President Donald Trump, acknowledging the shooting as he opened a White House news conference about the coronavirus outbreak, referred to the gunman as a "wicked murderer" and called the gun violence "a terrible thing".

"Our hearts go out to the people of Wisconsin and to the families," he said. - REUTERS