Suspect arrested after post office shooting

File Photo: Winton Blount Blvd. post office
File Photo: Winton Blount Blvd. post office

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Police are investigating a shooting at a Montgomery post office branch that happened late Thursday afternoon.

A gunman fired multiple shots inside the main Montgomery post office, located just off Taylor Road on Winton Blount Boulevard, before officers took him into custody.

Sgt. Donna Mackey, a spokeswoman for the police department, said no injuries were reported in the shooting which started around 6:30pm.

The building was closed to the public at the time, but workers were present inside the mail processing portion of the facility.  Witnesses reported hearing a manager running and screaming that the man had a gun.  They said multiple shots were fired.

Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the suspect, who hasn't been charged yet, is in the late 20s or early 30s. It wasn't immediately confirmed who the suspect is or if they are a current or former employee.

Murphy credited the quick response from several units for probably saving lives. He said the officers were on holiday patrol at a nearby shopping center and were on scene within 10 minutes.

The police chief said he wasn't sure exactly how many shots were fired, but he could confirm that the man had several pistols with him.

A motive for the shooting is not currently known.

WSFA 12 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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