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Two Wounded in Shooting At Chicago-Area Postal Processing Center

August 29, 1995

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) _ An employee walked into the mail processing center today and opened fire on coworkers, wounding two people, authorities said. The suspect was later arrested at his home.

The gunman shot one person in the lobby of the U.S. Postal Service building in this Chicago suburb, walked to the second floor and shot another man in the postal sorting area, police Cmdr. Jim Haider said. All three workers apparently were mail sorters, he said.

One of the two wounded employees, a 46-year-old man, was in critical condition at Lutheran General Hospital with two gunshot wounds in the chest, the hospital said.

A second victim, a 41-year-old man, was being treated for a gunshot wound to the neck at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, a hospital spokeswoman said. The man was conscious and in stable condition.

A maintenance worker at the center said the shooting took place shortly after 7 a.m., but could provide no other details.

The suspect was arrested 20 miles away in the suburb of Northlake after driving home, police said.

The shooting is the latest in a spate of such incidents at Postal Service facilities in recent years. Many have been fatal.

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