- Associated Press - Monday, October 18, 2010

HENNING, Tenn. (AP) — Two postal workers were killed Monday in a shooting at a post office in west Tennessee during a possible robbery attempt, authorities said.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press that two female employees were killed Monday morning in what may have been a robbery at the Henning post office. Officers are searching for a maroon Chevrolet Malibu with two men inside.

A witness told a state employee at the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, Tony Burns, that the shooting happened during a robbery attempt. Mr. Burns said his sister-in-law, a U.S. Postal Service worker, was assigned to the Henning office Monday. He said she told him she escaped unharmed.

Standing on a street corner within sight of the post office, city resident Emmitt Hennings, a 71-year-old retiree, said it was hard to comprehend what had happened.

“I just couldn’t believe it, not in this town,” Mr. Hennings said. “It’s too quiet.”

Town residents stop by the post office to pick up their mail because it isn’t delivered in the city, he said.

Yulanda Burns, an inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Atlanta, said it was too early to determine a motive. The FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are helping the Postal Service investigate.

Jeff Dew of the Dennis Dew Termite Co. told the AP that his brother, Eric Banks, was driving through the area when a woman flagged him down near the post office. Mr. Dew said his brother reported the shooting to police and has been talking with authorities since about 9 a.m.

Henning, a town of about 1,200 people that is 45 miles northeast of Memphis, was the hometown of “Roots” author Alex Haley.


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