Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Postal Service mourns loss

The Los Angeles Times reports a former postal employee went on a rampage in a mail sorting facility Monday night near Santa Barbara, Calif., where she killed five people before she turned a weapon on herself.

According to the Times, "Monday's incident in this usually peaceful town, home to University of California Santa Barbara, was the latest in a string of shootings over the past decades that have made the phrase 'going postal' a synonym for murderous anger."

It was the deadliest involving a postal worker since 1986 and the worst in any workplace since 2003.

In a statement issued in Washington, Postmaster General John E. Potter said, "Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the families of the victims and to our employees who have suffered through this tragic incident," Potter said.

Potter has dispatched Deputy Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to Santa Barbara on behalf of the Postal Service to offer his personal assistance and to meet with plant employees.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM