Molson Coors fatal shooting remembered 1 year later
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- One year ago, on Feb. 26, 2020, a Molson Coors employee shot and killed five of his coworkers before turning the gun on himself.
Friday, moments of silence were held at the start of all shifts at Molson Coors, marking one year since the mass shooting. Employees were given the day off if they wanted.
The first 911 calls came in shortly after 2 p.m. that day. Squads and police in tactical gear swarmed the Molson Coors campus.
"We heard what I thought was gunshots," said a 911 caller.
We would later learn their names: Dale Hudson, Gene Levshetz, Jesse Valle, Dana Walk, and Trevor Wetsellar. And how they lived their lives as fathers, husbands and friends.
"We were there to provide an ear for some emotional support and give resources for long-term support," said Arnitta Holliman, with the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention.
Arnitta Holliman was part of a group of therapists supporting employees and their families following the shooting.
"It’s a difficult time, it's a difficult situation and a very complex situation, and so we wanted to be there to provide as much support as we could," Holliman said.
The shooter was identified as Anthony Ferrill. Police say a motive remains unknown. In police interviews, one witness said Ferrill had an issue with one of the men killed, but didn't know what. Another witness said racist incidents may have played a part.
One year later, the grief and pain as present as ever, but Molson Coors Community Affairs Director Tami Garrison says employees are finding strength in one another.
"One of the things that provided the most comfort is the outpouring of love and support," Garrison said.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) also held a moment of silence, and asked others to join in as well.