01/31/2006

Fugitive on the loose after 2 killed in Calif. post office

The Associated Press

GOLETA, Calif.- Two people were killed and two others were critically wounded Monday when someone opened fire in a postal station, authorities said.

The shooting took place about 9:15 p.m., Capt. Keith Cullom of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department told The Associated Press.

"The suspect is still not apprehended," Cullom said shortly after 10 p.m.

Sheriff's spokesman Erik Raney told KCAL-TV the shooter was believed to be a postal employee. He said the shooting took place at a station where mail is handled.

The station is located across the street from a fire station, just a few blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Cullom said people ran to the fire station to report the shooting.

"One of our firefighters did remove one of the injured that was near the door," he said.

Two people were taken to a hospital, and Cullom said they were listed in critical condition.

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