Three USPS employees are dead following a double murder/suicide in Memphis

In yet another devastating episode of workplace violence, two United States Postal Service employees were shot dead by a suspected gunman, a fellow employee, who also died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on scene.The shootings occurred at the Orange Mount post office in Memphis, Tennessee on October 12, 2021.


The names of none of the employees have been released by authorities as of yet. However Roxanne Rogers who identified herself as a family member and a postal worker, said her cousin James Wilson a USPS supervising manager was one of the deceased.




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The term "going postal" has historically been considered synonymous with employee-on-employee workplace violence, oftentimes associated with murder-suicide similar to yesterday's tragedy in Memphis.


The phrase originated from a series of violent episodes involving USPS employees, including a devastating mass shooting which occurred at an Oklahoma post office 35 years ago.


On August 20, 1986, 14 USPS workers were shot dead and six others wounded at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma. The perpetrator, a USPS employee then committed suicide on scene via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.




SOURCES:


https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/employees-killed-shooting-postal-facility-memphis-80554423


https://www.wbbjtv.com/2021/10/12/3-employees-killed-in-shooting-at-postal-facility-in-memphis/


https://www.foxnews.com/us/tennessee-postal-killed-post-office