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2 employees killed in shooting at Memphis postal facility

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

United States Postal Inspector Susan Link said three postal workers were found dead after the shooting at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in a major Memphis neighborhood. FBI spokeswoman Lisa-Anne Culp said the shooting was carried out by a third Postal Service worker, who shot himself.

No identity or motive was disclosed by the authorities during a first press briefing late Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting took place at the post office branch in the historic Orange Mound district, southeast of downtown Memphis.

The street leading to the post office was blocked by police on Tuesday afternoon following the shooting, and federal authorities also gathered at the site.

A white four-door car was towed from the scene, but it is not known who owned it.

“The Postal Service is saddened by the events that unfolded today in Memphis,” the USPS said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to family members, friends and colleagues of those affected. The Postal Service will provide resources to all employees of the East Lamar Carrier Annex in the days and weeks to come.”

2 employees killed in shooting at Memphis postal facility
Officers allow a police vehicle to pass under a yellow crime scene strip on a street outside the Memphis Post Office.

Adrian Sainz / AP

The violence follows other shootings in the Memphis area in recent weeks. The owner of a franchise of a sushi counter inside a Kroger grocery store shot dead and injured 14 others before killing himself on September 23, investigators said. A week later, a teenage boy was seriously injured at a school in Memphis, and police arrested a second boy who was believed to be the shooter.

On October 18, 2010, two courier workers were shot and killed in a robbery at a post office in the rural town of Henning, western Tennessee. The post office was named in honor of employees killed last week.