Post Office Shooting: Gunmen On Loose In Henning, Tenn. Post Office Attack

Gunmen On Loose In Tennessee Post Office Attack
Two postal workers were killed at this post office in Henning, Tenn. (CBS)

HENNING, Tenn. (CBS/AP) Police are still looking for the men who gunned down two postal workers at a rural Tennessee post office that doubles as a community center.

The shooting happened Monday morning at the one-story brick post office in Henning, Tenn., a small town about 45 miles northeast of Memphis, where the local gas station that sells fried chicken is also its most popular eatery.

Judy Spray, a 58-year-old rural carrier associate, and Paula Robinson, a 33-year-old retail clerk, were both killed in the attack.

Mike Dunavant, the Lauderdale County District Attorney, gave no new information as he talked to a reporter Tuesday morning. On Monday, he acknowledged the suspect or suspects were armed and dangerous and said the killings were done with "disturbing violence."

Spray and Robinson were the only ones in the post office during the shooting, said Yulanda Burns, spokeswoman for the U.S. postal inspection service.

The victims were well known to residents who often come to pick up their mail at the post office, which sits between a self-service car wash and a coin-operated laundry called "Mom's" in the western Tennessee town of about 1,200 people.

Keith Morris, assistant inspector in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Memphis, said officials have several possible motives.

"We have a lot of theories that are in play at this point," he said.

Postal officials offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.