Going Postal Once Again!

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Seven dead after California postal shooting spree

A woman believed to be a postal employee went on a shooting spree at a mail sorting center near Santa Barbara, California, killing six people before committing suicide, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

A California Highway Patrol dispatcher on Tuesday morning confirmed that seven people including the shooter had died at the mail facility in Goleta, California.

Police received calls that shots had been fired at about 9:15 p.m. on Monday and found two bodies in the street, Santa Barbara Sheriff spokesman Erik Raney said on local television station KEYT. A former employee with a firearm was suspected of shooting postal employees, he said. Santa Barbara County and city Special Weapons and Tactics teams responded, he added.

KEYT reported on Tuesday morning the shooting had ended and deputies had found two bodies outside the building and four bodies inside, including the shooter, a female employee.

Two wounded were taken to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Nursing Supervisor Wanda Johnson said one victim had died and another was in critical condition with a gun shot to the head.

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