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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Violence in the Workplace: UPS Employee Kills 3 Aftert Getting Fired

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Recently fired UPS worker Joe Tesney, identified by local news sites, allegedly opened fire in a UPS warehouse where he killed two people before himself.

Three people are dead after a recently-fired UPS employee, wearing his uniform, opened fire inside an Alabama warehouse Tuesday morning.

The gunman, identified by local news stations as 45-year-old Joe Tesney, is among the dead at the Birmingham shipping center after taking his own life at the scene, police said.

The gunfire at Inglenook Lane was reported to police around 9:21 a.m. as an active shooter, Chief A.C. Roper said.

Lt. Sean Edwards said the two men killed by the gunman appeared to be higher-ranked UPS employees.

"It appears that the shooter knew exactly who he wanted to target at the time," Edwards told WBRC.Tesney, pictured, is listed as a UPS driver on his LinkedIn page. Police said the suspected gunman was fired on Monday before returning to the warehouse while armed.

The 45-year-old married father of two girls had been fired Monday from the company, The Birmingham News reported.

This news followed a previous attempt by the company to terminate him within the past month. The disgruntled man appealed the decision, but lost in recent days.

Why he was fired was not immediately known.Gunfire was reported around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at the Birmingham, Ala. facility. Three people are dead.

All of the dead, described as white adult men, were found in the warehouse area near the building’s...

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