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46. Man Shoots Up Post Office
A 36-year-old man stormed into the Ramona post
yelling at everyone to get out of his
. Carrying a shotgun, he climbed up onto the
and told everyone to lie on the floor.
he pulled the trigger and fired a round
the ceiling. Plaster splattered onto the floor and
The man ordered all the customers and
to sit up and look at him. He
, "Repeat after me: I hate the post office!"
repeated the words. He fired another round, but
one he aimed at the front plate glass
. Shattered glass went everywhere.
Three minutes later, five
cars pulled up in front of the post
, lights flashing and sirens wailing. Using a bullhorn,
police officer told the man to walk out
with his hands up. The man fired another
out the shattered window. The police officer and
bullhorn were uninjured. However, one police car had
little pit marks in it.
The man yelled, "
'm not coming out until the post office pays
for pain and suffering. A postal truck ran
my car two years ago. My back is
me. I can't work anymore. My wife left
. I can't take it anymore."
After a while,
man calmed down. He released all the people
. At 7:00 p.m., the man walked out backwards
his hands up. The police handcuffed him, put
in the back seat of the car, and
him to the police station.
A post office
said that they had tried to settle with
man out of court, but he refused anything
than a million dollars. "So the whole thing
to court," he said. "I guess he got
of waiting for the trial to begin. He'll
go to jail for a few years because