Milwaukee postal worker kills 1, then shoots self
Bodies were removed after the shooting
Two other people wounded
December 19, 1997
Web posted at: 8:27 a.m. EST (1327 GMT)
MILWAUKEE (CNN) -- A postal employee opened fire in
Milwaukee's main post office early Friday, striking a
co-worker in the head and wounding two other people before he
Two bodies, so far unidentified, were taken out of the post
office and placed into hearses about 3:40 a.m. (4:40 am
EST), nearly three hours after the shootings. There was no immediate word on whether the gunman was dead.
The name of the gunman was not released, and there was no
immediate word on a motive.
The gunman opened fire in a third-floor mail sorting room
where workers, many hired for the holiday season, were
feeding machines that were sorting tons of Christmas mail.
About 1,500 employees who were in the building at 345 West
St. Paul Avenue, a few blocks south of downtown, fled as the
shots were fired, witnesses said. A witness told CNN
affiliate WTMJ-TV she counted 12 shots.
One witness, Richard Andrykowski, told the Milwaukee Sentinel
that he was in an area away from the gunman.
"People started coming at me shouting 'He's got a gun! He's
got a gun,'" Andrykowski said.
The two people injured -- a 44-year-old man and a 55-year-old
woman -- were in stable condition at Froedtert Memorial
Lutheran Hospital, spokesman Mark McLaughlin said.
The man was treated for a minor gunshot wound to the right
food and released, he said. McLaughlin said the woman was in
satisfactory condition, awaiting surgery from a gunshot wound
to the right side of her face.