BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — By noon police had not confirmed an exact motive or a timeline of events although rumors were circulating about what might have led up to the shooting.
When the chief of police met with the media late in the morning, he did confirm that the three victims appeared to be UPS employees, including the shooter who appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot while wearing a UPS uniform.
According to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect’s name is Kerry Joe Tesney.
Birmingham Police received multiple calls of an active shooter about 9:21 in the morning- at the UPS Customer Service Center on Inglenook Lane in east Birmingham. The patrol officers who responded rallied quickly then made their way into the building- according to Police Chief A.C. Roper.
“Police never fired any shots, did not even hear any shots when they arrived so it appears that at that time when the officers arrived in the parking lot and made entry according to their training, this is how we respond to active shooter situations, you don’t wait for a tactical team to arrive. Those initial patrol units have to rally up, develop their quick plan, go in, and do what they can to neutralize the threat. But at this time when they arrived inside the facility, the incident in all respects was already over,” said Police Chief A C Roper.
“When the officers entered the facility they identified and located the three bodies that were t here and one of those was obviously the shooter.”
The shootings appear to have happened in the warehouse part of the building near the offices, according to police.
Investigators say they have a good idea what happened but they are still putting together the pieces to be sure before they confirm the details.
Lt. Sean Edwards of the Birmingham Police addressed the latest on the situation shortly after noon.
Birmingham Police confirm that the shooter had recently received his termination papers. They say that the shooter and both victims are all white males, and the two shooting victims appear to have been in supervisory roles as they were in civilian clothes as opposed to UPS uniform. The exact identities of the victims have not been released.
Police say they did recover a weapon, a handgun. Many of the employees who were there have been brought back to their workplace, but not all of them.
We’ll update this story throughout the day.
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