3 employees, including shooter, dead after gunfire erupts at Orange Mound post office

MEMPHIS, TENN. — Three people are dead, including the shooter, following a shooting at an Orange Mound post office.

USPS and FBI officials told FOX13 News the shooting took place shortly before 2 p.m. in the 2800 block of Park Ave. Tuesday.

Shortly after 2:50 p.m., police told FOX13 News there were no active threats at this time and the scene was secured.

PHOTOS: Deadly shooting at Orange Mound post office

USPS told FOX13 News that three employees died in this shooting. One of the people who died was the shooter.

An FBI spokesperson said the shooter is one of the deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot.

FOX13′s Daniel Wilkerson on the scene spoke with family members of one of the deceased. They told us to not ID her at this time.

Steven S. Dorch, Jr. told FOX13 his daughter was a 37-year-old mother of two daughters.

“She was a hardworking young lady, always has been,” he said. “She was hardworking and determined.”

“She was a good mother to all of her kids,” he said.

Dorch said his daughter had started as a temporary worker then moved to full-time and was working her way to supervisor.

A person who represents the postal managers told FOX13 another postal worker shot Dorch’s daughter and another man, who was a manager at the facility. Police later confirmed the shooter then committed suicide.

Laquita Benjamin is the President of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

“I understand one was a carrier, one was a supervisor, and one was a manager,” Benjamin said of the three people who died.

She said the alleged shooter did not work at the Park Ave. location but was working on assignment there.

Benjamin spent the afternoon consoling family members.

“I support anyone but I’m mainly here for the supervisor and manager,” she said.

While Benjamin did not know details as to what led up to the shooting, she would only say, “You can’t just relate it to the postal service because you have school shootings, store shootings, you have shootings all over,” she said.

Family members at the scene identified another one of the victims as James Wilson.

Law enforcement has not officially identified anyone involved.

The Postal Service issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

“The Postal Service is saddened at the events that took place today in Memphis. Our thoughts are with the family members, friends and coworkers of the individuals involved. The Postal Service will be providing resources to all employees at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in the coming days and weeks.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.