A Wisconsin supermarket warehouse employee gunned down two co-workers Tuesday night before leading police on a chase that ended in suicide, officials said.
Officers in Oconomowoc, about 30 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, were called to the Roundy’s Distribution Center at 10:32 a.m. for a “possible industrial accident” before they “quickly learned” that “there was foul play involved,” police said in a statement.
The two victims were pronounced dead at the scene before a “potential suspect” was identified and located, touching off a pursuit, Oconomowoc police said.
“The suspect vehicle crashed, and the possible suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” police said. “There is no active threat to the community at this time and this incident is ongoing.”
Police declined to reveal any more details about how the two workers were killed.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers confirmed in a statement Wednesday afternoon that both victims had been killed “by gun violence.”
“Our hearts go out to the two workers in Oconomowoc whose lives were taken by gun violence today,” Evers said. “Kathy and I are thinking of them, their friends, their family members, and all those affected by this tragedy.”
The names, ages and genders of the victims and the suspect were not immediately released. Teamsters Local 200 Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Bennett said all three were longtime employees, each with more than 20 years on the job.
The victims “were found in the building in separate locations, each far away from each other,” Bennett said in a statement to NBC News. “I am unaware of any immediate conflicts amongst the workers.”
“I will say this, when you have 750 workers in and out the doors, with 150 to 250 in the building at the same time, there are days that the best of the best are open to share open debate, and there are days there is no debate,” he said. “All three individuals were co-workers on the same shift and worked near each other, most likely interacting throughout the shift as normal people do during the day.”