A worker at a supermarket distribution center near Milwaukee shot and killed two coworkers before crashing his car during a police chase and killing himself, according to a union official and police.
According to Thomas Bennett, secretary-treasurer of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200, the attacks occurred Tuesday night at the Roundy’s distribution center in Oconomowoc, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee. All three guys, he said, were in their 40s.
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The suspect’s car was spotted in Milwaukee after the attack, according to Oconomowoc police, and officers started pursuing it. The car collided, and the perpetrator died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene.
According to Bennett, the two men were fired in separate parts of the large warehouse by union stewards. One was fired in the loading bay, while the other was shot in the facility’s upper levels.
Bennett said he was unaware of any conflict between the gunman and the victims, all of whom were union members.
“During this pandemic, all three of these employees were extremely critical because they worked extremely hard to support our community,” Bennett said, noting that this also meant long hours.
“Perhaps things wear you down after a while,” Bennett hypothesized.
Authorities have provided few information about the shooting, including the shooter’s and victims’ identities. The facility was temporarily shut down, and travelers were advised to avoid the area near Highway 67 south of Interstate 94.
Officers from a number of local departments were present.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the Roundy’s complex hires about 1,000 employees. Roundy’s is a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger that runs Wisconsin’s Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market stores, as well as northern Illinois’ Mariano’s grocery stores.