“If I wouldn’t have gone to talk to this guy who was relieving me, I’d be one of (the victims),” he said. “I know that for a fact because I would have walked right into what was going on.”
When Chenoweth and other employees realized what has happening — that their complex was the site of the nation’s latest gun violence — they hid in a room and waited until police arrived.
Officers arrived shortly afterward and they yelled that they were employees, and were escorted out of the brewery.
“(I’ve) never seen anything like this,” said Chenoweth, who’s worked at the brewery for four decades.
The company did not identify the 51-year-old shooter, but said he was an “active” employee at the sprawling facility. It did not provide details on a possible motive for the shooting or the identities of the victims, pending family notification.
All the people killed are Molson Coors employees, and were found in the same building, police said.
“There are five individuals who went to work today, just like everybody goes to work. And they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t and tragically they never will,” Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday afternoon.