A recently-fired UPS employee in Inglenook, Alabama returned to work in his uniform with a gun and killed two people before committing suicide in the facility.
Police officials have not publicly named the shooter, but law-enforcement sources, family and church members identified him as 45-year-old Joe Tesney. He is married, and the father of two daughters.
The gun used in the shootings was still underneath his body when police arrived on the scene.
Police this afternoon confirmed the shooter was fired from his job. “He received his final papers Monday,” said police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards. “Today he was not expected to return to work because he was no longer employed there.”
Tesney was a member of Northpark Baptist Church in Trussville. The church released the following statement today to AL.com: “We are praying for the employees of UPS and the families of the victims of today’s tragedy. Our hearts are grieved. We pray that the peace of our Lord would be near to those who have been devastated.”
All three deceased were adult white males, and their names have not been publicly released. The two victims were supervisors at UPS, and police said they believe at least one was specifically targeted in the shooting. The other, sources tell AL.com, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to CNN, UPS released a statement which read “The safety of our employees is our primary focus, and UPS is cooperating fully with law enforcement. Our focus now is on assisting the families of the victims, as well as the employees who work in this facility.”
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