TWO US Postal Service employees were shot dead on Tuesday by a coworker in Memphis who later turned the gun on themselves.
Authorities in Tennessee and the FBI say two federal mail employees were gunned down in a mail sorting facility in downtown Memphis just before 2:50pm in the East Lamar Carrier Annex.
Two postal employees are dead after a third coworker opened fire on and them and then shot themselves in MemphisCredit: AP
This is the third most violent incident in Memphis in weeksCredit: AP
The shooting was the third-most high-profile shooting in or near Memphis in weeks.
Susan Link, the US Postal Inspector, said three federal mail employees were found dead in the shooting.
Lisa-Anne Culp, a spokesperson for the FBI, said the shooting was carried out by a separate postal employee who later shot themselves.
Information on the shooter and a potential motive has not been released.
One of the victims was identified by family as as James Wilson, a manager at the facility, WREG reports.
“The Postal Service is saddened at the events that took place today in Memphis,” the USPS said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with the family members, friends and coworkers of the individuals involved,” the statement continued.
“The Postal Service will be providing resources to all employees at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in the coming days and weeks.”
No other information was given regarding the shooting or the motive.
The East Lamar Carrier Annex, located in the prominent and historic Tennessee neighborhood of Orange Mound just southeast of downtown Memphis, is closed to the public.
The shooting is just the latest in a string of growing violence in the city.
On September 23, a sushi counter franchise owner shot dead one person in a Kroger grocery store in Collierville and injured 14 others before he took his own life.
The next week, a teen boy was shot and critically injured outside of a Memphis school, with police detaining a second teen boy they believe to be the perp.
U.S. Democratic Representative Steve Cohen said Tuesday’s post office incident was “the latest site of gun violence” in Memphis.
“Today’s shooting at the postal facility in Orange Mound is yet another example of why I am concerned that too many guns are out there and in possession of people who aren’t able to control their anger,” Cohen said.
“I express my profound condolences to all those affected by this terrible event.”
Authorities have not yet released any details regarding the shooting or motivesCredit: AP
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