3 killed in US postal facility shooting
Published: 11:22 AM, 13 October 2021
Three people were shot to death in a shooting at a postal workers facility in the US's Memphis on Tuesday. It was the third high-profile shooting in or near that west Tennessee city in weeks. - Reports AP
US Postal Inspector Susan Link said the three postal workers were found dead after the shooting at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in a prominent Memphis neighbourhood.
FBI spokeswoman Lisa-Anne Culp said the shooting was carried out by a third postal service worker, who shot him or herself.
No identities or motives were released by Link or Culp at a brief news conference late Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting occurred at a post office facility in the historic Orange Mound neighbourhood, southeast of downtown Memphis. The carrier annex is only used by employees.
The street leading to the complex was blocked by police Tuesday afternoon following the shooting, and the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service and other federal authorities went to investigate.
“The Postal Service is saddened at the events that took place today in Memphis," USPS said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the family members, friends and coworkers of the individuals involved. The Postal Service will be providing resources to all employees at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in the coming days and weeks.”
The violence follows other shootings in the Memphis area in recent weeks. The franchise owner of a sushi counter inside a Kroger grocery store in the suburb of Collierville fatally shot one person and wounded 14 others before killing himself on September 23, investigators said. A week later, a teenage boy was shot and critically wounded inside a Memphis school and police detained a second boy believed to be the shooter. - AP