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Dallas Carrier Kills Postal Clerk

April 17, 1998

DALLAS (AP) _ A letter carrier fatally shot a post office clerk Friday after they argued in a break room, authorities said.

The 27-year-old suspect ran from the building and sped off in a car after the 11:30 a.m. shooting as several post office employees prepared for lunch, according to witnesses.

The man, whose name wasn’t released pending formal charges, was arrested a short time later.

The clerk, a 34-year-old woman who worked for the Postal Service for 15 years, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another worker was slightly injured while trying to escape from the break room, Postal Inspector Linda Kirksey said.

Marc Martinez, the manager of a car wash across the street from the Northaven post office, said he heard two shots, then saw a man run out of the building, jump into a car’s passenger side and speed off.

``I was just trying to calm the rest of my employees down,″ he said. ``Then an ambulance showed up, police cars showed up.″

Several other people also fled the post office after shots were fired, Martinez said.

A helicopter hovered overhead after the shooting as worried relatives of workers arrived and a crowd gathered at a nearby restaurant. Police and postal inspectors interviewed other workers into the afternoon.

Post office customers likely didn’t see the shooting because it occurred in an area restricted to employees.

The letter carrier, a full-time temporary employee, brought a gun to work in the morning, officials said. A fight between him and the clerk led to the shooting, police and postal officials said.

``We don’t have any information to indicate there was a relationship between the victim and the suspect,″ said police Senior Cpl. Chris Gilliam.

The letter carrier had been on the job about a year.

The dead clerk’s identity wasn’t immediately released because relatives hadn’t been notified.

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