3 employees dead in shooting at Memphis postal facility

Family members of shooting victims waiting for news
Family members of victims wait with Memphis Police Department officers after a shooting at a postal facility Tuesday.
(Patrick Lantrip / Daily Memphian)

Two U.S. Postal Service workers were fatally shot Tuesday at a postal facility in western Tennessee, and a third employee identified as the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said. It was the third high-profile shooting in or near Memphis in recent weeks.

U.S. 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 neighborhood. FBI spokeswoman Lisa-Anne Culp said the shooting was carried out by a third postal service worker, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

No identities or motive were released by Link or Culp at a brief news conference late Tuesday afternoon.


The shooting occurred in the historic Orange Mound neighborhood, southeast of downtown Memphis. The carrier annex is used only by employees.

The street leading to the complex was blocked by police Tuesday afternoon following the shooting, and the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and other federal authorities went to investigate. Officers blocked off the street with yellow crime-scene tape and barricades.

A white four-door car was towed from the scene, but it was not clear to whom it belonged.

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“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 co-workers 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 grocery store in the suburb of Collierville fatally shot one person and wounded 14 others before killing himself Sept. 23, investigators said. A week later, a teenage boy was shot and critically wounded inside a Memphis school; police detained a second boy believed to be the shooter.

“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,” Rep. Steve Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, said in a statement. “I express my profound condolences to all those affected by this terrible event.”


Tuesday’s incident comes 11 years after another fatal post office shooting in western Tennessee. On Oct. 18, 2010, two mail workers were fatally shot during a robbery at a post office in the rural town of Henning, located about 50 miles north of Memphis. That post office was named in honor of slain employees Paula Robinson and Judy Spray last week.