Logan Township Police are responding to an active shooter situation at a UPS facility in Gloucester County, the latest in America’s epidemic of gun violence in which 35,000 people die in this country each year.
Gloucester County officials report that 32 employees were inside the facility when the incident started, but the building has since been evacuated.
The incident was reported around 9 a.m. Monday at UPS Mail Innovations on Birchcreek Road in the southern New Jersey township. The facility is a high-volume mailing service provider, which moves commercial mail to more than 200 countries and territories.
“UPS is working with law enforcement as they respond to an active shooter situation at one of the company’s supply chain processing facilities in Logan Township, New Jersey,” said a statement from the company. “We cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time.”
State Police said media inquiries should be directed to local and county authorities, who were busy responding to the incident. No information about injuries was released.
Chopper video broadcast on a Philadeplia TV station showed law enforcement officers ducking behind police vehicles outside a loading ramp as multiple units filled the streets outside the sprawling complex.
A video from Ashlee Erickson shows armed police officers entering an office door at the UPS facility, where the active shooter situation is under investigation.
“I would much rather be getting paid then having to leave work early due to some asshole with a gun,” said Erickson.
The Logan Township School District said schools are on modified lockdown. All students and staff are safe, the district said.
The community, named for John Alexander “Black Jack” Logan, the Union Army General who helped establish Memorial Day as an national holiday, has a population of about 6,000 and a median family income of $70,771.
Mayor Frank Minor is a Democrat and a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, the bi-partisan group working to make the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets.
On June 14, 2017, Jimmy Lam, 38, fatally shot three coworkers at a United Parcel Service facility in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Lam then shot and killed himself as police arrived at the facility.
A recently-fired former UPS employee, 45-year-old Kerry Joe Tesney, shot and killed two supervisors, Doug Hutcheson and Brian Callans, at the UPS Customer Center in Birmingham, Alabama, before taking his own life on Sept. 24, 2014.
UPS drivers have been shot in Florida, Illinois, and Minnesota, among other states.
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