Goleta postal facility shootings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Goleta Postal massacre)
Jump to: navigation, search
Goleta postal facility shootings
Location Goleta, California, United States
Date January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)
~7:00 p.m. (UTC-09)
Target Santa Barbara Processing and Distribution Center
Attack type
Spree shooting, mass murder, murder-suicide
Weapons S&W Model 910 (9x19mm)
Deaths 8 (including the perpetrator)
Motive Mental illness suspected

The Goleta postal facility shootings were a spree killing by Jennifer San Marco (December 6, 1961 – January 30, 2006), a former US Postal Service employee who shot and killed seven people in Goleta, California, on January 30, 2006, before taking her own life.

Spree shooting[edit]

On January 30, 2006, San Marco shot and killed her one-time neighbor, Beverly Graham, and then drove to the mail processing plant at which she previously worked in Goleta, California. San Marco entered the sprawling plant by driving through a gate behind another car. She gained entry to the building by taking an employee's identification badge at gunpoint in order to gain an electronic access to the secure staff entrance. She then told the employee to leave the premises.[1]

In the parking lot, San Marco shot Ze Fairchild, 37, in the head with a handgun. She turned to Maleka Higgins and shot her at point-blank range. She then shot Nicola Grant. Some workers, after hearing gunshots, went to the windows to see what was happening. San Marco turned to them and smiled.

San Marco entered the building, which had around 80 employees, and continued firing. Walking into the complex, she shot supervisor Charlotte Colton. Colton was dragged into a room by a coworker, where she died. San Marco approached her old work station, encountering Lupe Swartz, who saw her coming. San Marco rapidly fired four shots into Swartz, killing her. Dexter Shannon, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War with grandchildren, was working with headphones on, therefore he didn't hear San Marco coming or the gunshots. He was fatally shot at point-blank range. San Marco then committed suicide by shooting herself in the head. The weapon was still clutched in her hands after she died, which forced the police to pry her fingers off the gun.

San Marco apparently believed that she was the target of a conspiracy centered at the Goleta postal facility, according to writings recovered from her house in New Mexico. A spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office speculated that San Marco's paranoia and history of mental illness may have motivated her to commit the murders.[2]


Santa Barbara[edit]

  • Beverly Graham, 54

Post office shooting[edit]

  • Ze Fairchild, 37 years old.
  • Meleka Higgins, 28 years old.
  • Nicola Grant, 42 years old.
  • Charlotte Colton, 44 years old.
  • Lupe Swartz, 52 years old.
  • Dexter Shannon, 57 years old.


Jennifer San Marco
Jennifer San Marco.jpg
Born Jennifer San Marco
(1961-12-06)December 6, 1961
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died January 30, 2006(2006-01-30) (aged 44)
Goleta, California, United States
Cause of death Suicide by gunshot
Occupation Former postal worker
Date January 30, 2006
Location(s) Goleta, California
Target(s) Santa Barbara Processing and Distribution Center
Killed 8
Weapons S&W Model 910 (9x19mm)

San Marco had previously worked as a dispatcher for the Santa Barbara Police Department in the mid-1990s, a job for which she underwent a background check and psychological evaluation. She left the job after several months, which was not unusual for the high-stress occupation.[3] San Marco eventually went to work for the postal service as a clerk, but left on psychological disability following a 2003 incident in which she had to be removed from her workplace by police.[1] San Marco subsequently moved to Grants, New Mexico, sometime in 2004. In the small town of Grants, San Marco earned a reputation for her strange behavior which included speaking to herself and stripping naked in public. In July 2004, she was denied a business license to begin publishing a periodical which would have been known as The Racist Press.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kasindorf, Martin (February 1, 2006). "Woman kills 5, self at postal plant". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Postal killer believed she was target of a plot". Associated Press. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Postal Shooter's Bizarre Behavior". CBS News. February 2, 2006. 
  4. ^ Frosch, Dan (3 February 2006). "Woman in California Postal Shootings Had History of Bizarre Behavior". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 February 2017.