William Owens, 39, has been identified as the person responsible for today’s active shooting and hostage situation at a UPS mailing facility in Logan Township, New Jersey. The two hostages, both women, were rescued by police and were not seriously injured. One of the hostages was reportedly Owen’s ex-girlfriend.
Following the hours-long standoff, William Owens was shot and killed by police, according to CBS 3 Philadelphia.
What Happened At NJ UPS Facility?
Police were seen responding to the UPS facility — located on Birchcreek Road in Logan Township, New Jersey — around 9:20 a.m. EST.
According to ABC 6, “multiple police vehicles and officers could be seen on the streets outside the sprawling complex.” Furthermore, initial reports indicated that responding officers could be seen “ducking behind police vehicles outside a loading ramp.”
The scene of the shooting — which was a UPS Mail Innovations facility — was described as a “large warehouse.”
Following the reports of the active shooting, UPS released the following statement:
“UPS is working with law enforcement as they respond to an active shooter situation at one of the company’s supply chain processing facilities in Logan Township, New Jersey. We cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time.”
William Owens was eventually shot and killed by police and neither of the hostages, who were both female UPS employees, was harmed.
“I heard one of my fellow employees say, ‘Run, he’s got a gun,’ then I heard the little pop of the gun, I guess, and we all ran and law enforcement took over,” employee Allen Anthony Dowling said.
Shortly before noon, as Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore was updating reporters on the situation, a short burst of gunfire was heard from the area of the facility. Fiore didn’t say how many shots police fired, or whether the gunman fired shots.
Fiore said there was apparently a prior relationship between the gunman and one of the women he took hostage, though he didn’t elaborate.
As a result of the shooting, nearby schools were placed on lockdown as precaution.
Who Is William Owens?
William Owens, 39, has been identified as the suspect responsible for today’s active shooting and hostage situation at the UPS facility in Logan Township, New Jersey.
Owens was shot and killed by police, while two female hostages, who were uninjured, were released.
United States Mass Shooting Statistics
The active shooting at the UPS facility in Logan Township, New Jersey, is just the latest in a string of active shooter incidents that have plagued the United States of America in recent years.
Despite the mounting death totals, our nation’s lawmakers have made little progress in making our society safer from these kinds of attacks. In 2017, n 2017, the United States had a total of 346 mass shootings. In 2018, there were over 300 mass shootings in the country.
That is all the information available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available.