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Seven dead in California postal shooting

Shooter turned gun on herself, authorities say

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A California Highway Patrol car blocks entry to a Goleta, California, postal facility where six people were killed.

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A female former employee opened fire at a 24-hour postal service sorting facility in Goleta, California, killing six people and critically wounding another, before turning the gun on herself, authorities said early Tuesday.

"That's what we believe," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said.

The shootings took place around 9:15 p.m. Monday (12:15 a.m. ET Tuesday).

SWAT teams found seven people dead inside the building where about 40 to 50 people had been working, Anderson said. The shootings took place "at different areas around the building," he added. (Watch why finding the shooter was a challenge -- 1:18)

"One of the deceased appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound," he said. "We have concluded the search inside, and we do not believe there is any further threat to the community."

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