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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Going Postal 2006

Ahh, here's another fine postal employee on a killing spree, but hey, this time it's a female!


GOLETA, Calif. - A female ex-postal worker opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing six people and critically wounding another before committing suicide, authorities said early Tuesday.

Deputies responding to a call of shots fired about 9:15 p.m. Monday found two people dead outside the plant.

Two wounded women were located inside and were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. One died and the other was listed in critical condition early Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the head.

Nearly five hours later, deputies found four additional bodies, including one believed to be the female shooter, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said. The shooter, who was not identified, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

“We do not believe there is any additional threat to the community,” Anderson said.

It was one of the deadliest shootings in a Postal Service facility since a series of high-profile cases in the mid ’80s and early ’90s, including one in which a part-time letter carrier killed 14 people in Edmond, Okla., and then took his own life.

Warning for residents
The Monday night rampage sent dozens of employees running from the sprawling distribution center and prompted authorities to warn nearby residents to stay indoors.

Postal employee Charles Kronick told KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara that he was inside the building when shots rang out. Some 50 to 60 employees were seen running from the plant.

“I heard something that sounded like a pop, and then I heard a couple seconds later, another pop, pop, pop,” Kronick said.

His boss came running over and told him to get out of the building, Kronick said, adding “We all hightailed it out real quick.”

The victims’ names were not immediately released. Sheriffs’ Sgt. Erik Raney said all the victims were believed to be current employees.

Investigators didn’t yet know how many guns were used, how the shooter entered the complex or what the motive might have been, Raney said.

Postmaster General John Potter said families of the victims were being notified and counselors would be available to the families and employees at the plant.

“Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the families of the victims and to our employees who have suffered through this tragic incident,” Potter said in a statement issued in Washington.

The 200,000-square-foot facility is located just a few blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara. About 300 people are employed at the plant in Goleta, about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 12:57 PM
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AND you can rest assured that will be spread all over the Cdn news media of radio (already heard it this morning), TV & newspapers pointing out again that handguns should be banned.

With the Cdn public & media people NOT realizing these are two different countries with two very different rules on f/arms & especially h/guns.

Still I have to ad this little bit, for you must realize we have had yrs of anti-gun people ranting & raving over f/arms in Cdn, how unsafe they are, how they are not needed & so much more. Not to mention all the letters to the media, govt & you name it so this one h/gun owner decided to use their words with the last line being so typically used.

Oh my god! Why are children being allowed to drive the streets of our
cities in these high-speed vehicles? Some of these vehicles can reach
velocities of over 200 miles per hour! Why does anyone need a car that
exceeds the speed limit, anyway? There's public transit for people who
want to get around. These cars are capable of killing innocent
bystanders in the blink of an eye! They're too easy to steal, and are
used in subsequent criminal activity. They are the vehicle of choice
for getaway drivers. We must get these death machines off the streets
and out of circulation right now! Surely, any rational thinking person
can see that such cars must be banned, and put an end to this dangerous
car culture once and for all. If it saves only one life, it will be
worth it!

I thought it was well put as so many are doing street racing in the cities & we all know there are far, far more deaths of those in vehicles then those being shot by f/arms let alone h/guns.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 02:24 AM
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Hi Smitty-

It's my belief that gungrabbers are actually pleased to hear about a criminal shooting every now and again. Their cause would run out of steam if it weren't for occasional workplace violence or a school shooting.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the unfortunate victims. The murderess is a cold-hearted bitch and I hope she spends eternity in hell for her horrible crime.

~ Blue Jays ~
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 07:50 AM
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I heard on TV that this woman killed her neighbor before going to the post office. She must of had issues in her own sick head with just about everyone.

In 1980 I was living in Reno, NV. A woman named Particia Ford was driving her Lincoln down main street where all the casinos are. This was on Thanksgiving day and there were lots of tourists and locals on the street since it was very nice and sunny. She drove up on the side walk, accelerated to 60 mph and killed 14, seriously injured 20 more, and another 20 or so had minor injuries. I was working at the local hospital at the time. They called all of us back to work. I couldn't get to my office because of all the patients on stretchers in the hallways.

Ford was charged with first degree murder. Ford had a long history of being in and out of mental health care. A lot of witnesses said she was swerving back and forth to maximize damage. Her attorney used the insanity defense, of course. The jury didn't buy any of it and convicted her. She was on death row for years. I think she died of natural causes. She was in her mid-60s when she did this, so she was well into her 70s when she died.

I remember this got a 15 second mention on the CBS evening news that night. But had she taken an AR-15 or AK and did this level of carnage it would have been the 5 minute lead story on all the networks and the anti-gunners would be coming out of the woodwork.

Smitty, your car analogy is good : I worked with the Highway Patrol for many years. Many of the troopers tell me that it is not an accident that some people drive the wrong way on freeways or hit a concrete bridge abutment. These people are committing suicide or murder by vehicle. But since many of these incidents can't be proved, it goes down as an accident. These troopers say they can tell when they are following someone what their intentions are. The drivers' agressive or "don't care" behavior isn't hard to figure out. Which scares me all the more when riding my bike out there.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 08:03 AM
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Well of course the girl has issues. I can sum them up right now.

She felt powerless in life. She was stuck with a shitty job, in a shitty life and didnt feel like she could change any of it. So she took a shortcut. And for a few seconds, while she was blowing holes in her coworkers she felt powerfull. She was the most powerfull person around. She got to decide who lived and died. Yey. It never occurs to those small minded people that power is pointless without a perpuse, a mission, a goal of some sort.
So what we got is a small minded, defective human product. Waste of flesh. Put her out of her misery and stop wasting our time talking about it.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 10:46 AM
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Agree with you Blue Jays & if f/arms were not mentioned then it would be of no interest or benifit to the anti-gun people. I often wonder if they would be planning a letter or complaining about if it was a house-hold item like the common long knive THEY have in their kitchen & personally use?

Desert-Lad is onto it as well, though I see he remembers my thoughts about how I am positive some people in illness or said state of mind of where they use their car to have an "accident" rather then be looked upon as "commiting suicide" which I understand in some religion(s) is so wrong to even making the life-insurance of some not-valid.

By the way said bit was actually written by someone on Canadian Gun Digest & I thought it was so fitting as he used so many of the same words the anti-gun people have been using for some 30 or 40 yrs.

You are right Vash & for just a while said woman suddenly had THE POWER over all others & it must have given her weak mind such an uplifting. By the way said incident was all over the Cdn media last evening.
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