Two US Postal Service employees died on Tuesday after a third employee allegedly opened fire and later shot himself, officials said.
The shooting took place at the East Lamar Carrier Annex post office facility, which is used only by employees, not retail customers, in the historic Orange Mound neighborhood, southeast of downtown Memphis.
The USPS and FBI have not shared any details of the motive behind the shootings, including the identities of the victims or suspects.
US Postal Inspector Susan Link confirmed the shooting, saying three postal workers were found dead. FBI spokeswoman Lisa-Anne Culp said the shooting was triggered by a third Postal Service employee who shot himself.
It was the third high-profile shooting incident around the west Tennessee city in weeks, following the shootings at a Memphis school and Kroger grocery store.
After Tuesday afternoon’s shooting, police blocked a road leading to the compound to investigate the crime scene with the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service.
One of the victims was identified by WHBQ as 37-year-old Demetria Dort, while law enforcement has not officially confirmed any names. Another victim was identified as USPS manager James Wilson by his cousin Roxanne Rogers. commercial appeal.
“He was a good man. An excellent man,” Ms. Rogers told the local newspaper about the deceased victim, Wilson. “He was a humble soul, one of the best supervising managers you could ever wish for.”
In a statement, the Postal Service said they are “saddened” by the events unfolding in Memphis and will provide assistance to families.
“Our thoughts are with the family members, friends and colleagues of the individuals involved. The Postal Service will provide resources to all employees at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in the coming days and weeks.
US Representative Steve Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, voiced concern over the increasing shooting incidents, calling the Post Office the “latest site of gun violence” in the Memphis area.
“Today’s shooting at the Postal Facility in Orange Mound is another example of why I am concerned that there are too many guns out there and in the possession of people who are not able to control their anger,” he said. They said. “I extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by this horrific incident.”
It comes after a franchise owner of a sushi counter fatally shot one man and injured 14 others before killing himself inside a Kroger grocery store in Colliersville on September 23. A week later, a teenage boy shot and seriously injured another boy inside a Memphis school.
It was the first shooting at a post office in West Tennessee in 11 years. On 18 October 2010, two postal workers were shot dead during a robbery at a post office in the rural town of Haining.
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