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Police: Fired UPS employee kills 2 ex-colleagues

September 24, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — A man fired a day earlier from UPS killed two co-workers and then himself Tuesday after he donned a work uniform and evaded security by entering through a truck dock in the rear of the building, according to police and the company.

The two UPS workers were shot dead within minutes Tuesday, and the shooter, identified by police as Kerry Joe Tesney, lay dead atop his gun from what police called a self-inflicted wound.

The shooter entered after about 80 drivers had left for the day to deliver packages from the Birmingham center, UPS said, possibly avoiding even more bloodshed.

Authorities haven’t released the slain people’s names but said they were members of management.

The UPS warehouse, a light brown building sitting on a hill with company logos on the front and side, is used to sort packages and send them out on trucks. The building has a parking lot surrounded by barbed wire.

The man was wearing a UPS uniform and opened fire either in or near some offices inside the warehouse in an industrial area just north of the Birmingham airport, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told reporters. Police said one body was found outside one of the offices and the other two were inside an office.

The gunman had shot himself by the time officers got inside the warehouse, Roper said.

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