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An employee walked into a Postal Service mail processing center Tuesday and opened fire on co-workers, wounding two people, authorities said. The suspect was later arrested at his home.

The gunman shot one person in the lobby of the U.S. Postal Service building in this northwestern Chicago suburb, walked to the second floor and shot another man in the postal sorting area, police Cmdr. Jim Haider said.One man was in critical condition. All three workers were postal clerks, said plant manager Mark Tovey.

Worker Cynthia Murray said she heard two quick shots, then saw panic break out among the roughly 200 employees at the sprawling glass and steel building.

"People were just falling all over each other," she said. "I saw people trample over people and I saw the smoke from the gun."

Clerk Maude Kelly said she's worked with both the victims and the gunman for about 20 years. All were friends, she said.

"I can't figure out why he did it. We've been here for a long time. (The gunman) was just a beautiful guy. We would joke and laugh together."

The suspect was arrested 20 miles away at his home in the suburb of Northlake, police said. His name was not released.

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that murder was the second leading cause of death on the job for postal workers and third for all workers.

On July 9, a postal worker was accused of killing his boss at a mail processing center in City of Industry, Calif. On March 21, a former postal worker killed four people and wounded another at Montclair, N.J.

One of the two people wounded Tuesday, a 46-year-old man, was in critical condition at Lutheran General Hospital with two gunshot wounds in the chest, the hospital said.

A 41-year-old man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the neck at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, a hospital spokeswoman said. The man was conscious and in stable condition.