According to The Associated Press, a man wearing his work uniform started shooting at his former colleagues inside a UPS sorting facility in Alabama a day after he was fired from the company, killing a supervisor and another employee before committing suicide, police said Tuesday (September 23).
Neither the gunman nor his two victims have been named. Lt. Sean Edwards said police were still attempting to reach next-of-kin.
UPS spokesman Steve Gaut would not say what the shooter's job duties had been.
The UPS warehouse, a sand-colored building sitting on a hill with company logos on the front and side, is used to sort packages and send them out on trucks. About 80 drivers had already left on their routes, and a small number remained when the shooter drove up in a private vehicle Tuesday morning and walked inside through a truck dock door in the back of the building, Gaut said.
The building has a parking lot surrounded by barbed wire.
The man was wearing a UPS uniform and opened fire either in or near some offices inside the warehouse in an industrial area just north of the Birmingham airport, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told reporters.
The gunman had apparently shot himself by the time police officers entered the warehouse, Roper said. No one else was hurt.
"When these people came here to work, they had no idea this would be their last day on earth," Roper said.
Edwards said the shooter had been armed with a handgun.
COMMENT: Atlanta-based UPS said in a brief statement that the shooting happened around 0940 hours local time. The company added that it is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Employees who were at the warehouse when the shooting occurred were being taken to another location so that they could be interviewed by investigators and provided with counseling, Roper said.