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Posted: 1/31/2006 7:32:52 AM EDT
Ex-Postal Employee Kills Six, Then Herself

By TIM MOLLOY
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - A female ex-postal worker opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing six people and critically wounding another before committing suicide, authorities said early Tuesday.

Deputies responding to a call of shots fired about 9:15 p.m. Monday found two people dead outside the plant.

Two wounded women were located inside and were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. One died and the other was listed in critical condition early Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the head.

Nearly five hours later, deputies found four additional bodies, including one believed to be the female shooter, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said. The shooter, who was not identified, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

``We do not believe there is any additional threat to the community,'' Anderson said.

The Monday night rampage sent dozens of employees running from the sprawling distribution center and prompted authorities to warn nearby residents to stay indoors.

Postal employee Charles Kronick told KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara that he was inside the building when shots rang out. Some 50 to 60 employees were seen running from the plant.

``I heard something that sounded like a pop, and then I heard a couple seconds later, another pop, pop, pop,'' Kronick said.

His boss came running over and told him to get out of the building, Kronick said, adding ``We all hightailed it out real quick.''

The victims' names were not immediately released. Sheriffs' Sgt. Erik Raney said all the victims were believed to be current employees.

A call to a U.S. Postal Service spokesman was not immediately returned early Tuesday.

The 200,000-square-foot facility is located just a few blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara. About 300 people are employed at the plant in Goleta, about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.



Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:34:00 AM EDT
IBTL, dupe!

several times already this am...............

Mike
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:34:05 AM EDT
I wonder wtf her problem was? Depression? Persecuted??
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:35:04 AM EDT
Can't be, its California, with all their anti-gun laws, how could she do it?
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:37:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Alien: I wonder wtf her problem was? Depression? Persecuted??
She went "postal" because they raised the price for stamps.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:39:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 7:39:24 AM EDT by warlord]
My friend used to work for the USPS as a maintence mechanic in the City of Industry(15 miles SE of Los Angeles) USPS plant, and he couldn't wait to get out of there every day until he retired. He wasn't impressed with the "caliber(pun was intended)" of people working there.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:48:46 AM EDT
It's Bush's fault. If they only had more sensible gun laws, none of this would've happened. What they need is another assault weapon ban. That'd take care of it.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:54:43 AM EDT
ibtl and am a post whore!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:56:59 AM EDT
Clearly, we need to ban post offices.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:57:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 7:57:43 AM EDT by lordtrader]
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