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‘A lot of tears, a lot of sadness,’ Tavern owner near Molson Coors brewery shaken by workplace shooting

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Barbara Orban was not surprised to see her tavern mostly empty at lunchtime Thursday afternoon. The Valley Inn lies just a couple blocks away from the heart of Miller Valley and the expansive Molson Coors brewing facility that has been a staple of the 'Pigsville' neighborhood for generations.

"Miller is everything to this neighborhood," Orban said, "We have Miller (Molson Coors brewery) that way, Miller Park that way. It's just everything to this neighborhood."

Orban said she was devastated by the workplace shooting that happened at the brewery Wednesday afternoon. Milwaukee Police on Thursday identified the five victims, as well as the gunman.

"You reach out, lot of texts, lot of phone calls, making sure everyone's okay," Orban said, "If they need somebody to talk to, need somewhere to go, just letting them know we're here, we're open."

Orban said the Valley Inn is often times occupied by brewery workers. She added that, without the brewery, she doubts the corner tavern could stay in business.

"(Brewery workers) come in for lunch, they come in after work, they have all their parties here," Orban said, "I've been here for 21 years, I have many friends there."

With the brewery suspending operations for the time being, Orban said she will continue reaching out the regulars she shows and hopes to see them come back in soon.

"We're gonna take it as it comes, we're going to be there for people," she said. "These are our friends, some of them are family, so we'll see."

A. J. Bayatpour

Reporter, WKOW 27

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