Goleta postal facility shootings

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Goleta postal facility shootings
Location Goleta, California, United States
Date January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)
~7:00 a.m. (UTC-09)
Target Santa Barbara Processing and Distribution Center
Attack type
Mass shooting, murder-suicide
Weapons S&W Model 915 (9mm)
Deaths 8 (including the perpetrator)
Perpetrators Jennifer San Marco
Motive Unknown

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.[1] She then shot and killed six employees of the plant with a pistol before taking her own life.[citation needed]

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]


Jennifer San Marco
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Born (1961-12-06)December 6, 1961
Died January 30, 2006(2006-01-30) (aged 44)
Goleta, California, United States
Cause of death Suicide by gunshot
Occupation Former postal worker

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 a small town in New Mexico sometime in 2004. According to colleagues, she had a history of making racially charged statements, and once attempted to start a publication entitled 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. ^ Jennifer San Marco