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Postal Worker Kills Supervisor at Work

July 9, 1995

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) _ A postal worker walked up to his boss, pulled a gun from a paper bag and shot him to death Sunday, sending some co-workers running for cover while others wrestled the gun away.

The supervisor, 50-year-old James Whopper, was found slumped over a mail sorting machine.

Bruce William Clark, 58, was arrested for investigation of murder and jailed without bail in this Los Angeles suburb, Deputy Diane Hecht said.

Both men had been at work at the 24-hour mail processing center when Clark punched his boss in the back of the head ``for no apparent reason,″ Hecht said.

As Whopper was talking to his own boss about the incident, Clark walked over, pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and fired two bullets into Whopper’s chest at about 2:30 a.m., deputies said.

As some of the 75 people in the cavernous building dove under desks or ran, two others grabbed Clark, Sgt. Mike Robinson said.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found murder was the second leading cause of death on the job for postal workers. Postal shootings have killed at least 35 people in the past decade.

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