MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police investigated a shooting Tuesday at a post office in an historic Memphis neighborhood, the third high-profile shooting in west Tennessee in recent weeks.
The shooting occurred at the post office branch in the Orange Mound neighborhood, southeast of downtown Memphis. Authorities did not immediately release any details in the hours after the shooting.
The street leading to the post office was blocked by police Tuesday afternoon. Federal authorities were also on the scene.
A white four-door car was towed from the scene, but it was not clear who it belonged to. Reporters were waiting for a news conference with authorities later Tuesday afternoon.
“The Postal Service is saddened at the events that took place today in Memphis,” USPS said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the family members, friends and coworkers of the individuals involved. The Postal Service will be providing resources to all employees at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in the coming days and weeks.”
It comes after other shootings in the Memphis area in recent weeks have raised concerns. The franchise owner of a sushi counter inside a Kroger grocery store fatally shot one person and wounded 14 others before killing himself on Sept. 23, investigators said. A week later, a teenage boy was shot and critically wounded inside a Memphis school and police detained a second boy believed to be the shooter.
On Oct. 18, 2010, two mail workers were fatally shot during a robbery at a post office in the rural West Tennessee town of Henning. The post office was named in honor of the slain employees last week.
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