Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Post Office Shooting in Calif. Kills Three

GOLETA, Calif. — A person opened fire at a postal station on Monday night, killing three people and critically wounding a fourth, authorities said.

Sheriff's spokesman Erik Raney said police were advising people in the immediate area to stay inside their homes while authorities searched for the shooter Monday night.

The suspect was believed to be a former postal employee and all of the victims were believed to be current employees, Raney said.

Authorities were looking both in the neighborhood and in the postal station itself.

"Our SWAT teams are going in there as if the suspect is still inside and we're taking every precaution of course," Raney said.

The shooting took place about 9:15 p.m., said Capt. Keith Cullom of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Two people died at the scene, and a nursing supervisor said a third was pronounced dead at a hospital, he said. The fourth was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

The station is located across the street from a fire station, just a few blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Police had cordoned off the area about a half-mile from the university and were searching for the shooter late Monday night.

Postal officials said no one was immediately available Monday to discuss the shootings, which took place about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The station is located across the street from a fire station, and Cullom said witnesses ran there immediately after gunfire broke out.

Two women were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where nursing supervisor L. Perry said one of them was pronounced dead upon arrival. The other was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, Perry said.

The two victims pronounced dead at the scene were found outside the building and the two wounded were found inside, Raney said.




For crying out loud!!

Doesn't this shooter know it's against federal law to have a GUN in a post office!!!




UPDATE:

7 dead in Calif. post office shooting

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GOLETA, Calif. -- A female ex-postal worker opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing six people before committing suicide, authorities said early Tuesday.

One other person was listed in critical condition, authorities said.

"We do not believe there is any additional threat to the community," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson.

Deputies responding to a call of shots fired late Monday initially found two people dead outside the plant. Two others were located inside and were taken to a hospital. One died upon arrival. The other was critically wounded with a gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies searching the plant about 2 a.m. found the bodies of three victims and the female shooter, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Anderson said.

The postal station is located just a few blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said more than 50 people were working at the plant at the time of the shootings.






It's a shame the people that were killed were stripped of their right to defend themselves.....

I wonder if this would have turned out different if a law-abiding gun owner was there to shoot back?