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Post Office Murders: Customers near shooting speak out

The shooting happened around 9:00 a.m. Monday in Henning. The shooting happened around 9:00 a.m. Monday in Henning.

By Lori Brown - bio | email

HENNING, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South manhunt continued Monday evening as authorities searched for the suspects who murdered two women at a West Tennessee post office.

The brutal attack happened Monday morning inside a post office in Henning, located an hour north of Memphis in Lauderdale County.

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Two customers, who spoke to Action News 5, came close to being caught in the post office shootout themselves.

Mary Hammock may have been the last customer to set foot into the Henning Post Office before the shooting.

Tinika Pitts was the first customer to arrive at the Post Office after the shooting.

Hammock goes to the post office every morning, but Monday morning at 8:45, she says she felt like something wasn't right.

"Went in, the door buzzer went off, but nobody went up their right off," Hammock said.

According to Hammock, Paula Robinson came to the counter, but she wasn't herself.

"She acted like she didn't know what I was talking about. We cut up and talk and laugh, just none of that was going on this morning," Hammock said.

Fifteen minutes after Hammock left, Pitts arrived.

"This man from the pest control met me at the door. Kind of opened the door for me, he said you might not want to go in, there's been a robbery," Pitts said.

Pitts said at least two people with a pest control company had been working inside.

"The lady that works for the pest control jumped the counter and ran outside and said they've been shot! There's blood and footprints everywhere," Pitts said.

Investigators say the gunmen killed 33-year-old Paula Robinson, a retail clerk, and 58-year-old Judy Spray, a rural carrier associate.

The mother of Spray's grandson says Spray would do anything for anyone.

"She's a hard working woman, worked all her life," Ashley James said.

In this town of 1,200 people, where everyone knows each other, not knowing who did this or why adds to the pain.

"You didn't have to kill them," Pitts said. "Whatever reason you had behind this, you didn't have to kill them."

The gunmen didn't just kill postal workers, they killed two mothers. Spray had five children. She was there filling in for a co-worker. Robinson had two young children.

There is a 25-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.

The two numbers to call: 1-800-TBI-FIND or 1-877-696-5322.

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