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Oct 18, 2010 12:45 PM by AP

2 woman working at a Tennessee post office were shot and killed Monday

HENNING, Tenn. (AP) - Two women working at a West Tennessee post office were shot and killed Monday during a possible robbery attempt, authorities said.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department told The Associated Press that the shooting happened Monday morning at the post office in Henning. Officers are searching for a maroon Chevrolet Malibu with two men inside.

Tony Burns, a state employee at the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, said his sister-in-law also told him the shooting happened during a robbery attempt. The sister-in-law, a postal service employee, was assigned to the Henning office Monday but escaped unharmed.

Standing on a street corner within sight of the post office, city resident Emmitt Hennings, a 71-year-old retiree, said it was hard to comprehend what had happened.

"I just couldn't believe it, not in this town," Hennings said. "It's too quiet."

Everyone in town stops by the post office to pick up their mail because it isn't delivered in the city, he said.

Yulanda Burns, an inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Atlanta, said it was too early to determine a motive. The FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are helping the postal service investigate.

Jeff Dew, of the Dennis Dew Termite Co., told the AP that his brother, Eric Banks, was driving through the area when a woman flagged him down near the post office. Dew said his brother reported the shooting to police. He said his brother has been talking with police since about 9 a.m.

Henning, a town of about 1,200 people that is 45 miles northeast of Memphis, was the hometown of "Roots" author Alex Haley.

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