The UPS Customer Center located in the Inglenook of Birmingham. WVTM photo
BIRMINGHAM, AL -
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WVTM) - Three UPS employees are dead after a shooting this morning at the UPS Customer Center located in Inglenook.
There were no other injuries, according to Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, but there are quite a few people who are shaken up by what they witnessed. UAB Hospital reports that they received one non-gunshot related patient from the incident.
Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department confirms that the shooter is one of the fatalities, and appears to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Both the shooter and the two victims are all UPS employees. This afternoon, Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards said the employee had been fired, and received his final paperwork yesterday so should not have been at work today. The two other victims may have been supervisors, and the incident occurred in the warehouse in or near the offices.
"It appears that the shooter knew exactly who he wanted to target at the time," Lt. Edwards said
None of the victims will be identified until next of kin has been identified.
"It's extremely troubling for the city, for these families that are involved, because when these people came to work today they had no idea that this would be their last day here on Earth. To have this happen to them inside their place of employment doing what we want people to do -- find a job, work, be productive, give back to society -- they were doing that. No one was doing anything risky, they were just people doing their jobs. It's extremely sad," Roper said.
At this time, they said there's no information regarding a motivation for the shooting. Witnesses were taken to Boutwell Auditorium for counseling support as well as questioning by investigators on the case. Around noon, Sarah Killian confirmed that witnesses would soon load back to the bus to head back to the UPS facility where their cars are parked and head home.
UPS released a statement this afternoon confirming that the incident occurred around 9:40 a.m. "Police were contacted, and UPS is offering full cooperation to verify circumstances and personnel on site," they said.
Gov. Robert Bentley also released a statement offering his condolences to the families affected by today's shooting:
“Dianne and I are saddened to learn about the deadly shooting at the UPS Center in Birmingham. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and co-workers of those who died this morning.
I was briefed on the active shooter situation by the Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement just moments after it occurred. I commend the quick and efficient response of Birmingham Chief A.C. Roper and his staff at the Birmingham Police Department. Today's incident is a reminder of the importance of law enforcement training to respond to active shooters.
State law enforcement resources are available and ready to assist if needed as investigators work to determine a cause in this deadly shooting.”