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Operations resumed Wednesday at a U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in Memphis, Tennessee, where three workers were killed in a shooting less than 24 hours earlier, the Associated Press reported.
Authorities said that two of the deceased were fatally shot by the third, who then died of a self-inflicted gunshot Tuesday afternoon.
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Theand U.S. Postal Service have not yet named the workers killed, but relatives and co-workers said they were a supervisor, a manager and a letter carrier assigned to work temporarily at the facility. Workers began arriving at the annex again Wednesday and vans were seen leaving the parking lot to make mail deliveries, AP reported.
Floyd Norman, who lives across the street from the USPS annex, said that he wasn't surprised the sorting facility had reopened.
"The mail's got to go out," Norman said.
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Laquita Benjamin, president of the local branch of the National Association of Postal Supervisors, told media outlets that those killed were a carrier, a supervisor and a manager.
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"You can't just relate it to the postal service because you have school shootings, store shootings, you have shootings all over," Benjamin said.
A family member identified one of the dead as James Wilson, a manager at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in Orange Mound, a historic Memphis neighborhood.
"He was a humble soul, one of the nicest supervising managers you could ever wish there was," Roxanne Rogers said of Wilson, her cousin.
Rogers, herself a postal worker, said Wilson had just returned to the annex after filling in at a different location.
Melvin Richardson, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 96, said the annex is only used by employees. Carriers depart from annexes in the morning and staff remain throughout the day with tasks such as sorting mail.
The street in front of the flat-roofed building was closed for hours on Tuesday after the shooting, but traffic was flowing freely on Wednesday.
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Norman, who owns a house across the street, said he was working on his truck when he heard a commotion and saw people running out of the building. He said he did not hear any gunshots.
"I heard people screaming and hollering, and that's when I saw the police come up," said Norman, a 65-year-old retiree who watched the chaotic scene unfold from his front porch.
"It's just a lot of police, running with shotguns," said Norman, who has lived in the house for 10 years. "I've never seen nothing like that around here."
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