The term "going postal" has been around for a few decades at this point, painting a pretty unfortunate stereotype of the men and women of the United States Postal Service.
It was originally coined back in 1993, thanks to an unfortunately large string of incidents where disgruntled postal workers opened fire upon their coworkers, customers, or even just random pedestrians, killing over 40 people in nearly 20 separate incidents.
While it maybe wasn't quite enough of an epidemic to merit getting its own expression, this is still a pretty alarming trend given it lasted from 1970 to 1997! Seriously, in 1993 these homicides counted for a whopping 13% of the nation's workplace homicides!
Well, DeShaune Stewart, a postal worker from Dublin, Ohio is the latest in a string of unfortunate incidents going back decades, as the man has been arrested for shooting two of his coworkers...
Stewart, 24, was allegedly facing the impending loss of his job as a United States Postal Worker, and placed the blame for this squarely on the shoulders of his supervisor and coworkers. Whether this is correct or not, Stewart took his impending termination less than well, and something in him seemed to snap.
Stewart showed up to work at 4:30 AM on December 23rd, 2017, three hours early, and, more strangely, completely naked and carrying a weapon. He then approached his supervisor, Lance Herra-Dempsey, a retired U.S. Army veteran, and shot him twice, killing him instantly.
Three hours later, still naked and armed, Stewart tracked and chased postmaster Ginger Ballard around her apartment parking lot before catching her and throwing her to the ground, at which point she hit her head and died instantly.
Stewart was soon apprehended by police, who recovered a handgun after he tried to run away. He is being charged with aggravated murder in the shooting of Harra-Dempsey, and murder for killing Ballard. The families of both victims are understandably devastated.
“He should have never died the way he died,” Lisa Gonzales said about Harra-Dempsey, who was her brother, and Ballard's friend Terri Rivera stated online that “I just don’t understand; I loved her so much. I pray for all of you who she touched.”
Do you think Stewart should receive a maximum sentence?