used to joke
about Post Office
workers going on shooting rampages. It actually created a new phrase, Postal
or Going Postal
. Since 1995, however, there have been more workplace shootings
, none of which involved post offices. Perhaps we need to change "Going Postal" to "Going Cubicle".
- July 19, 1995: Willy Woods fatally shot four supervisors in Los Angeles, California. Woods worked as an electrician at the Erwin Poper Tech Center. Woods is serving life imprisonment.
- April 3, 1995: Refinery worker James Simpson fatally shot five people where he used to work in Corpus Christi, Texas. He commited suicide.
- April 24, 1996: Fireman Kenneth Tornes killed four supervisors at his Jackson, Mississippi firehouse. He was executed by the state.
- September 15, 1997: Assembly-line worker Arthur Wise (allegedly) fatally shot four people at the plant he was fired from in Aiken, South Carolina. His trial is still pending.
- December 18, 1997: Arturo Torres killed four people in the maintenance yard he was fired from in Orange, California. He was killed by the police in a shootout.
- March 6, 1998: Accountant Matthew Beck fatally shot four executives at the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. He commited suicide.
- July 29, 1999: Mark Barton fatally shot nine people in two Atlanta, Georgia brokerage offices. He commited suicide.
- August 5, 1999: Alan Miller, a truck driver, killed three people at his Pelham, Alabama office. He was convicted and awaits execution.
- November 2, 1999: Byran Uyesugi killed seven people in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a copier technician working at Xerox. Serving life imprisonment.
- December 30, 1999: Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva (allegedly) fatally shot five co-workers at the hotel where he worked in Tampa, Florida. Trial pending.
- March 20, 2000: Robert Harris killed five people at his Dallas, Texas car wash. Awaiting death sentence.
- December 27, 2000: Morgan McDermott (allegedly) fatally shot seven co-workers in his Wakefield, Massachusetts Internet company, Edgewater Technology. He pled not guilty, trial pending.