It was recently announced that someone placed a noose on the locker of the Wisconsin brewery employee that opened fire on his co-workers last week.
What We Know:
- Anthony Ferrill, an electrician at the Molson Coors Brewery, fatally shot five coworkers before killing himself on the campus last week.
- Milwaukee police said in a statement Wednesday that detectives are still investigating and so far “neither race nor racism has been identified as a factor in this incident”.
- But, they cautioned that the investigation into the Feb. 26 shooting is still ongoing.
- Of those who were killed, four of the victims were white and the fifth was Latino.
- Two former brewery employees, Robert Powell and Lonnie Carl Jones, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a story published Tuesday that a few months after the noose was found, several racist notes were slipped into Ferrill’s locker. Companies have reported speculation that the attack may have been racially motivated, based on interviewing of current and former Molson Coors employees who anonymously complained about longstanding discrimination against black workers at the brewery.
- The company confirmed on Wednseday that a noose was placed on Ferrill’s locker in 2015. Ferrill wasn’t working that day but was told about it, the company said.
- He described Ferrill as a quiet man who was focused on his work. He never fooled around because he didn’t want to give his managers any reason to fire him, Jones said.
- “That man was a nice guy,” advised Jones. “He wasn’t crazy. He was normal like everybody else. They (just) pushed Tony too far.”