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Milwaukee postal worker kills 1, then shoots self

bodies removed
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 shot himself.

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.


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