The UPS shooting near Birmingham, Alabama, has left three people dead — including the gunman. Authorities confirmed an unidentified male employee opened fire inside the Inglenook facility. When the Birmingham Police Department arrived on scene, they found the bodies of the shooter and two other male employees.
Although an autopsy has not been performed, authorities believe the gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It is unclear whether the gunman was a current or former employee. Police Chief A.C. Roper confirmed the man was wearing a UPS uniform at the time of the shooting. However, there are reports that he may have been fired on Monday.
As reported by ABC News, the bodies were found “in or near some offices,” which are located inside the warehouse. Although numerous employees were inside the building when the shooting occurred, no other injuries were reported.
Authorities are currently scouring the scene and interviewing witnesses — including the gunman’s family.
In a brief statement, a UPS spokesperson confirmed the shooting occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m. The spokesperson underlined the fact that company officials are “fully cooperating with the investigation.”
The suspect in the UPS shooting was not identified by name. However, Birmingham authorities describe him as “a 45-year-old white male.” As reported by AL News, the gunman was married and has at least one child.
Chief Roper said counselors are on scene to provide support to those who witnessed the tragedy.
“It is extremely troubling for the city, for the families involved. When they came to work today they had no idea it would be their last day alive on earth… They were just people working at their jobs.”
Authorities also confirmed that the shooting prompted a lockdown at the combined campuses of the Springville elementary and middle schools. Although the students were not in danger, authorities confirmed “there is a connection between a person involved in the shooting and a child at the school.”
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives reportedly took possession of the firearm used in the shooting. The serial number will be submitted to the NIBIN to confirm the owner’s identity.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell expressed his condolences to those affected by the UPS shooting.
“We are deeply saddened by today’s events and offer our condolences to the families and employees impacted by today’s tragedy. Chief Roper and the BPD have our full support as we investigate and get answers for all involved.”
The UPS shooting has stunned the Birmingham community. However, it appears to be an isolated incident.
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