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Owner: Allison Shaw

Dedicated To: Edmond Post Office

Tribute: To the survivors, victims and family and friends of Edmond Post Office

The Edmond post office shooting occurred in Edmond, Oklahoma, on August 20, 1986. During a deadly rampage that lasted less than fifteen minutes, a gunman pursued and shot twenty co-workers, killing fourteen of them, before committing suicide. The gunman's attack inspired the American phrase "going postal".

Shortly after 7:00 a.m., the gunman killed Richard Esser, Jr., one of two supervisors who had verbally disciplined him the previous day. The gunman then sought out Bill Bland, another supervisor who had reprimanded him. (However, Bland had overslept that morning and arrived an hour late to work, by which time the shootings were already over.) Not finding Bland, the gunman then killed Paul Michael "Mike" Rockne (grandson of University of Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne).

100 workers occupied the small facility at the time of the attack. Fourteen people died at the scene, and six others received wounds requiring hospitalization. The day's violence ended when the gunman shot himself in the forehead.