A nightmare turned into reality for six families who lost loved ones during a mass shooting and apparent suicide in Miller Valley on Wednesday. The kind of nightmare that includes a phone call that no one ever wants.
“Nobody really prepares for a call that your family members pass away from a tragic event,” Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales told WTMJ’s John Mercure on Thursday during Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.
Anthony Ferrill shot and killed five fellow employees at Molson Coors, then took his own life.
The Chief says that the immediate days will involve not only fact-finding, but recognizing the humanity of the victims and their families.
“We want to get the facts,” said the Chief.
“What we want to do is humanize these victims and not use them for anything political. We need to show these were human beings that lost their lives.”
Chief Morales also wanted to give thanks to numerous law enforcement agencies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff to federal authorities, not only for their thorough work in facing such a dangerous situation, but their teamwork and lack of ego.
“I really want to commend law enforcement entites that were there, both from the front line to tactical to the administrative leaders. There were no egos. It was amazing to see people arrive on the scene and step into line for what needed to be done. There were multiple buildings, more than 20 that needed to be searched. They are connected by tunnels. These are buildings that are not like a house…a number of nooks and crannies that needed to be searched.”