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Tuesday, November 2, 1999 Published at 20:40 GMT

World: Americas

War in the workplace

The Atlanta shooting: One in a series of fatal workplace attacks

"Going postal" is a phrase used in the United States to describe the horrifying phenomenon of mass murder in the workplace.

Murder in Atlanta
The expression emerged in 1986 after a postal worker about to be sacked opened fire, killing 14 people before turning the gun on himself.

Social commentators blamed subsequent similar incidents on a variety of factors including low wages, long days and strict working practices.

Workplace murders in the US

29 July 1999 - Day trader Mark Barton kills nine people and wounds 13 at two brokerage firms in Atlanta, then kills himself. Prior to the attacks, Barton killed his wife and two children.

11 June 1999 Joseph Brooks Jnr fatally shoots his former psychiatrist and five others in Michigan before killing himself.

15 April 1999 - Sergei Babarin opens fire in the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, killing two people and wounding four others before police fatally wound him.

6 March 1998 - Accountant Matthew Beck, involved in a pay dispute, shoots dead the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's president and three of his supervisors before killing himself.

18 December 1997 - Arturo Reyes Torres walks into a maintenance yard in Orange, California, with an AK-47 rifle and kills his former boss and three others before being shot dead by police

15 September 1997 - Arthur Hastings Wise allegedly opens fire at an Aiken parts plant, killing four and wounding three others two months after being fired from his job.

5 June 1997 - Daniel S Marsden, a plastics factory employee in Santa Fe Springs, fatally shoots two co-workers and wounds four others after an argument, before killing himself two hours later.

3 April 1995 - James Simpson, a former employee at a refinery inspection station in Texas, shoots and kills the owner of the company, his wife and three workers before killing himself.

16 October 1991 - George Hennard crashes his truck into a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, then opens fire and kills 24 people, including himself.

18 June 1990 - James Edward Pough goes on a shooting spree in a General Motors office in Florida, killing 10 and wounding four others, before killing himself.

20 August 1986 - Pat Sherrill, a postal worker who authorities say was about to be fired, opens fire at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma., killing 14 people, before fatally wounding himself.

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