October 18th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Two fatally shot at Tennessee post office, police say

[Updated at 12:02 p.m.] A Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office dispatcher tells CNN that two women, both postal workers, were killed in the Henning shooting.

[Updated at 11:30 a.m.] Two people were killed Monday at the post office in Henning, Tennessee, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office said.

Local and state police are on the scene with the FBI.

The sheriff's office would not confirm there was a shooting, but CNN affiliate WMC-TV in Memphis reported two female victims were killed in a shooting that was reported to police about 9 a.m.

Henning is located about 50 miles northeast of Memphis.

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  1. hoss

    People going postal is taboo

    October 18, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Time to ban guns

      October 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      So, who's the shooter?

      October 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The postal service didn't used to be this way. Watch the movie "Murder By Proxy." When the government started trying to crank a profit out of the post office they set up policies that immediately created problems and hurt workers. How many postal workers have been injured or gotten carpal tunnel from pulling levers all day on those automated mail sorters? The very first instance of someone "going postal" was a kick-boxer and tough guy, Thomas McIlvane. His managers singled him out to make an example to the other employees of who was boss. The government's system of management for the post office – one steeped in a conservative, profit-motivated design – is what causes the hostility among workers in this field. They are not treated respectfully, but rather, as money-making cogs with unrealistic metrics to keep up – hence the carpal tunnel on those horrid machines. Add to that the negative rhetoric often hurled at Postal Service workers by that same government and its politicians. I am surprised this doesn't happen more often, frankly.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Postage due

      I worked for the post office in the 1960's-70's...great job...terrible management. Treated us like dogs so we ended up with the term.."going postal". Now...it's even worse....even in bad timkes magagement gets big nbonus checks while employees get nothing. For the post offcie I say this...LICK MY STAMPS YOU GREEDY PIGS!"

      October 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Spare me the post apocalypse crap!! When was the last time you needed to use your gun to ward off the
      violent "criminals caused by violent TV and family breakdown"? Such a joke!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wheres my mail

      The post office should sell their products in Taco Bells..perfect fit...both have lousy service & terrible management.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • soliptic

      Dave, you have no idea what you're talking about. The Post-Office is heavily regulated by the federal government, but it's certainly not "making a profit" for the government. It's funding comes from it's own profit, but It's barely keeping itself afloat. The reason for this is up for speculation, but there's no question that the government's micro-managed regulation deserves a good deal of the blame. If you compare working conditions at the Post-Office–a heavily regulated company–vs. those of private companies such as FedEX or UPS, you'll find that working conditions at the private companies are far better. Do you get it now? Regulation is not what capitalism is about.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danielle **family**

      After reading these post I'm very disappointed how people are compassionless for the victims and their families. It is very sickening the jokes that are made in a time when families are hurting and grieving for the loss of their loved ones. You ALL should be ashamed of yourselves!!! These innocent victims did not ask for this. They were just going to work to support their families like an honest American does. Not living off the government. You know at any moment this can even happen to you or your loved one. Have some heart!!!!!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Supremo Lagarto

      Outlawing guns would not have stopped this. Criminals acquire guns illegally and use them illegally. Making something MORE illegal is not going to matter. Would be nice if we could hear more about the motive in the shooting.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daid

    It is illegal to carry a gun into a post office.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Its also illegal to shoot people.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cm

      Stupid Question

      October 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • iLikeStuff

      It's also illegal to SHOOT someone in a Post Office.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • texas123

      yeah, but more importantly isnt against the law to shoot and kill people !! Remember, guns dont kill people, people DO !!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      When any idiot can own a gun, every idiot does.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Tell that to the two dead postal workers!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • george in texas

      life is too sacred. to kill people at jobs that grease the wheels of american economy is totally insane. how can criminals bring themselves to do such a thing?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stuart

      Another Gun Free Zone forcing people to disarm and become victims. Stupid waste.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dwight

    Normal. It's the post office.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JD Max

    And you wonder why so many of us want to restrict the availability of guns for the civilian population?? Look around at what a violent society we have bceome. HOw many more innocents have to lose their lives because we don't get gun control under control???

    October 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Think of how many would've lost their life if they didn't carry a gun, or at least criminals stop due to the possibility they might.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Momor 2 girls


      October 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Go over seas, 12 year olds carry guns in public. Its not so bad here.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • texas123

      Guns dont KILL people....PEOPLE DO !!!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sajha kancho

      any gunshots killing people are so far made from illegal gun possesion.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • crodgers

      People who go through the class the legal way to carry guns should not be punished for the criminals who do it the wrong way. Maybe if the employees of the postal service like myself were able to have a gun on their hip we wouldn't be getting the abuse we get from customers now. We have people banging and cursing us when we close in the evening and saying things they shouldn't we have had to call the police to our post office several times because of people acting like idiots. I mean come on do people do this crap at a bank. It is our RIGHT as an AMERICAN to own a gun so get over it!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chasity

      If a law is passed to take away the guns only the bad guys would have them because the criminals wouldn't follow the law. Guns don't kill people on their own and there are a lot of people that legitimately just want to protect their families.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Restricting guns only takes it away from law abiding citizens like myself. I have every right to defend my family from criminals who try to kill or cause life threatening harm.. We are a violent society due to the tv programs, poverty which many people's basic needs are not met and lastly the breakdown in the family. I come from a country with gun restrictions. The crime shot way up and only the criminals have them now. You will see crime go up even more with the poverty level climbing in this country. You will bless god and who ever else, if you have a gun to defend your family. We are about to head into a breakdown of society. Guns will be the only thing between you and the criminals wanting what you have. If that family who was home invaded recently possibly had guns on them, then their children might have not been burnt alive. It is your duty to defend your family, not someone else.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      you said it JD, less guns, less gun violence.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      So after they report the guy had no past history of violence, what will your ignorant remark be then? That no one should have guns? Again, another Monarchy/Socialist in our realm eh?

      October 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Funny statement about gun control... you restrict drugs to all, but criminals still have them...If you restrict guns, then only criminals will have them.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      your an idiot

      October 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • cnaf

      There are enough gun laws already. You can gun law the country to death- if somebody wants to get a weapon and kill somebody, they will find a way to do it. It's not a gun problem, it's a YOU (not specifically you, but the person commiting the crime) problem. Stop blaming guns and get a little more serious baout the person behind it. All gun laws do is hamper the millions od law abiding citizens that never do something like this. If a person has it in his mind to kill...you think he gives a dang about a friggin law???

      October 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Thank Goodness we restricted access to cocaine. Otherwise we would have a cocaine problem in America!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      Most of you are wrong about what happens in other countries and their gun violence. Most have the same laws we do but have much less, exponentially less , deaths that occur in this country. If you want to ignore the fact that we have a problem in this country than statistically this problem will only grow. You should not be able to carry them around in public, it is my right not to have to fear for my life because you think its still the 1778.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Lee

      Yea it's work so well banning drugs

      October 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • luckylady

      It is people that kill people, not guns

      October 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      an armed and informed population is the best deterrent against tyranny and oppression. It is tragic what happened at the post office, but banning guns only allows criminals a distinct advantage over law abiding citizens.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      OK, so say we outlaw guns and somehow are able to get every gun off the streets. What will you when people start using a bow and arrow? Ok, so then we ban bow and arrows.....get all illegal bows off the street. What will you do when criminals start using baseball bats? Oh no, there goes baseball. Then what do you do when criminals start using tire irons? Oh no, now we've got an entirely new problem. We wont be able to change our own tires. What next?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      I love it when people start crying to ban guns when stuff like this happens. You take away guns from law abiding citizens, you take away their protection. Criminals will get guns regardless of the law. WHY can't people like you get that through your thick skulls?!?

      Chances are, not certain, but chances are, this person who did the shooting was either a criminal trying to rob the place or an employee that was pushed to the point of insanity because of workplace abuse or bullying...maybe we should pay more attention to those who file complaints instead of ignoring them and allowing abuse to continue. HUH?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • spare me

      In response to Momor 2 girls GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE – PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!
      We already know that guns don't kill people, but if people pick up that gun and point that gun and pull the trigger of that gun then people will die at the hands of a person holding that gun. Hence, we will read about these types of stories. Cars also don't get into accidents either, PEOPLE get into car accidents, hence, car accidents. Jeez, how many more morons are going to get a gun and therefore probably intent to USE that gun. Wake up!!!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David1958

      Banning guns may not have prevented these 2 woman from being killed. If a killer(s) really want to kill somebody, there are more ways than one to do it besides to use a gun. Guns are just more 'conveintient' for close range killing. However, a machete or knife will work too. So will a baseball bat.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Dan....before you call someone an idiot, you might want to know the difference between "your" and "you're". Just saying.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD Min

      @ JD Max..you're totally missing the point like most people that share your ideas. You should look for a news story of road rage where the perpetuator aquired gun LEGALLY and the arguments and opinions of yours and others alike will become valid.

      This a robbery gone bad, had you ever known or heard robbers using legal guns in a robbery?

      October 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cm

    Sad times for this country. You never know when your day is coming.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sandy

    This would have probably not happened, if the two women were armed already. People tend not to go postal on those who can defend themselves.

    Sad for the families of these individuals.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • crodgers

      agree totally with you!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      Guns are very poor protection. It just gives people a feeling of control that they don't really have.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SwordofPerseus


      Poor defense yes but a great offense, which in the right hands can do a great job to end the opposing offense and so become an effective defense against attack. A knife in a small room is more deadly than a gun by the way, statistically speaking.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robb

      Arming yourself with a gun doesn't nessesarily mean you can protect yourself. Most people that purchase a handgun do not no how to use one. I would be more worried about getting shot by a stray bullet. Yes you have a right to bear arms but please learn how to use it.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. No Moe Guns

    I really hope people take these type of situations in account when they fight to hold onto their 2nd Amendment and the desperate need for a revision. The amount of gun fatalities in this country is disgusting.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      Doesn't need revision. Unless the person doing the shooting was a member of a "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" then they didn't have the right to be armed in the first place.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      The same could be said from the amount of deaths from drug overdoses, prescription drug abuse, car accidents, smoking etc.... For the amount of guns we have, the fatalities are minimal.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • texas123

      lets see ?? what kind of weopons were used when they hijacked planes on 9/11...hummm lets see box knives Im pretty sure, no guns ?

      October 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      The amount of fetus stealing women in this country is disgusting. Perhaps we should ban knives so atrocities such as baby stealing can be prevented.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      You are right Guester, no revision. People just need to know what the 2nd Amendment really states and what the true right is. Its is kind of funny that we never hear about citizens defending themselves , it always seems to be these cold blooded murders. Something to think about. You are all forgetting it is easy to get a gun in this country and even easier to murder someone.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      The second amendment does not "give" us the right to bear arms, it GUARANTEES a right that we already have by human nature...the right of self protection. If someone hits me with his fist, do I have the right to hit back? yes. If someone shoots at me, do I have the right to shoot back? Yep.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      For all you that are defending yourselves with the guns you have. Where the F are you? When are one of you actually going to defend someone? If your argument is you have it on you to defend yourselves and other citizens, why do none of you ever defend us? It would be something if one of you actually took out these murderers. The way i see it i don't know that you are not a law-abiding citizen until you shoot someone dead in public. Until then you are a potential murderer.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      People with guns defend people all the time. its just you never hear about it on a liberal news station because guns= bad to them. And if you do hear about it on the news its because the person that used his firearm is being sued by someone for defending themselves. Most times you arent going to be hearing about it because no one ends up getting shot because most criminals dont want to die and would rather prey on someone that isnt going to shoot back.

      Oh and by the way post offices are gun free zones and any violation means you go to jail.... Gun control really helped there didnt it? when will you realize that criminals dont care about gun laws? And dont try and use the "Australia banned guns and there is no gun violence anymore", Because now everyone is being beaten to death or stabbed/slashed to death.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      Typical, "its the liberal media". Well I watch/read Fox News as well, don't see it there either. What I do see it stuff like this, Columbine, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech. Should I keep going? Cause there is about 100 school shootings in the last ten years. I guess its just the liberal media withholding someone actually defending these innocent people. Like that wouldn't be a great news story...

      October 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • One more gun

      Yeah..btu do you know what percent caused by legal guns?

      October 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Boston

    Never imagined to see the day where we need to take a life insurance policy before going to to the post office for a book of stamps. People are going crazy.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SwordofPerseus

      As long a you are not a Postal worker you are probably safe, ever notice it is the postal workers getting shot in these cases. Usually by another postal worker. Hence the term "going postal". High stress job I guess. All Americans are under a great deal of stress these days, so stop voting Republican.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. getdarope!!

    i wonder who did this my condolences to the family

    October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobby

    with gun control the people lose control

    October 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. svscnn

    Well that was informative. I now know exactly nothing more than I knew from reading the caption on the homepage.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      haha. . . ooo so true. Don't you just love CNN and how they pull you in and then give you nothing. I am still waiting on info on a half a dozen other stories. On topic though, this sucks. Who would have thought a day at the post office would end like this.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sennen

    My sympathy to their families.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Busch

    What is it with the post office – they have great pay, great benefits, easy workload, good vacation plans and retirement plans. It's not even the holiday season yet and here they are partying excessively with guns.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • crodgers

      Do you even work for the post office?? You have NO IDEA what you are talking about. The pay is not that great and we don't get the vacation time that you think we do. Just because the doors is locked doesn't mean theres not someone in the back working. If you haven't worked the job then YOU need not make a comment like that. YOU ARE RUDE!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      I don't appreciate it either. That was my grandmother in that post office this morning just so you know. Do you not have compassion for what our 2 families are even remotely going through???

      October 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • soliptic

      I suspect that the problem is that the post-office is so bureaucratic that there really is very little avenue for individuals working there to express themselves or have any semblance of useful input in the organization. I've heard some pretty facepalming moments from the eternal battle between unions, managers, and owners, and it's just absolutely frustrating for someone trying to have any rational control over their job.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.York

      Who said it was a Postal employee that did the shooting? It may have been just a random act. It just gets more air time because it was a Post Office.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan Harvey

      "What is it with the post office – they have great pay, great benefits, easy workload, good vacation plans and retirement plans. It's not even the holiday season yet and here they are partying excessively with guns."

      Are you a postal worker? Have you even known someone personally that was? My husband is a postal worker and on a regular basis he is harassed by his supervisor and manager who are under pressure from their bosses to push the letter carriers into doing their workload in less time than possible. There are carriers who don't take a lunch or a break and physical run their routes trying to make it back into the office before the mandated time so that they won't be written up or even worse fired. The new system, FSS, is not working and has caused many carriers to be overly stressed. The post office is a VERY stressful, micro-managed job.

      Pay is good, but you would expect it to be when you are requiring someone to go out in 110+ heat and below 0 cold, in the heat, rain, snow; out in the dark where some people don't keep their stairs or walkways cleaned off or even safe to walk on. Falling or tripping is a constant risk. People allow their dogs to run loose. This year alone my husband has been attacked or had to pepper spray 19 dogs.

      Vacation? My husband has over 1100 hours of vacation time, because he doesn't use them so that in case he gets hurt he will have them available. And the post office he works at is short handed. Taking leave puts others out.

      My husband is not only a letter carrier but he has taken on the responsiblity of checking on elderly people on his route. And he watches the house of people he knows on vacation. He goes into the schools and talks about mailman being a safe person for kids to go to if they are in need of help. He is like man other carriers a vital part of the community. So when you talk about letter carriers understand that they don't take their jobs for granted and the value of the service is warranted many times over.

      If someone asked you to work your lunch/breaks, not use your leave, to do 10 hours of work in 8 hours of time. Who on a consistant basis questioned your honesty and professionalism. All when you are doing your "8 hours of work for 8 hours of pay", now throw in the weather, dogs, broken porch steps, etc... how long would you last?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      I always love when people talk about someone else's job when they have NO idea what it involves.....people like you are a dime a dozen. People want to know what's the matter with America? Ignorant, uneducated, heartless, lazy, selfish, narcissistic people that feel they are never wrong and the world is only there to serve THEM!!!!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spirit

      My husband works for the Post Office. Everyday he comes home complainging about the managers and supervisors. They don't care about the carriers or the clerks, all they care about is not getting yelled at by their bosses. People compalin about not getting their checks on time or their bills on time, loose dogs (my husband has been bitten 4 times in 10 years, Yeah tell me how great of a work enviroment the Post office is.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • soliptic

      Spirit, the managers have it just as bad as your husband or worse. They are under a tremendous amount of pressure to perform, and it's not simply about not "having their bosses yell at them." They have to do a lot with the very few resources they have.

      Also, since the government is so regulated, it's almost impossible for management to get rid of a union worker who is lazy or incompetent. This hurts everyone in the end.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rowdy

    Gun control would not help. Its people that commit crimes not guns. If people cannot get access to guns legally, they get them the unlawful way.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      People commit crimes with guns. So if guns aren't the problem than its people. Since we can't just get rid of all the people let s take care of something we can take care of. And you couldn't be more wrong thinking all these murders are with stolen guns. Why steal one when its not that hard to go down to Walmart and get one.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SwordofPerseus

      Or they'll get a knife, or a broken bottle, or a piece of concrete, or a brick, or a baseball bat, a gallon of gas and a match, you get the idea, it is a people problem not a gun problem. Why are you people so dim?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Moe Guns

      Of course people are the problem and the mentality that there are reasons to take someones life but why do we make it so dam easy to do so? Again I'll take my chances with hand-to-hand combat with a knife or a baseball bat. A gun , however, don't really have much a chance there.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brent

    It's getting to be like every week and a half now that there is some sort of public shooting. It's just insane. There are too many unstable people around to let just anyone have a gun.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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