HENNING, Tenn. (AP) — Two women working at a West Tennessee post office were shot and killed Monday during a possible robbery attempt, authorities said.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department told
The Associated Press that the shooting happened Monday morning at the
post office in Henning. Officers are searching for a maroon Chevrolet
Malibu with two men inside.
Tony Burns, a state employee at the
Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, said his sister-in-law also told him
the shooting happened during a robbery attempt. The sister-in-law, a
postal service employee, was assigned to the Henning office Monday but
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," Hennings said. "It's too quiet."
Everyone in town stops by the post office to pick up their mail because it isn't delivered in the city, he said.
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.
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. Dew said his brother reported the shooting to police.
He said his brother has been talking with police 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.