FedEx Gunman Sought His Wife

Benyamin Robinson, 28, went into shipping facility and fired shots before turning the gun on himself

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    A man apparently looking for his wife entered a Bedford Park shipping facility and fired shots before taking his own life. (Published Thursday, Nov 17, 2011)

    A gunman entered a Bedford Park shipping facility on Thursday and fired shots while yelling his wife's name before ultimately turning the gun on himself, officials said.

    Benyamin Robinson, 28, was found at about 9 a.m., roughly an hour after the incident began, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was sitting inside a FedEx vehicle on a side loading dock.

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    The first calls of shots fired at a Bedford Park shipping facility came in just after 8 a.m. Thursday. (Published Thursday, Nov 17, 2011)

    Robinson's wife is an office employee at the facility, at 5151 W. 73rd Street in Bedford Park, the company confirmed.

    "I don't know how many shots were fired. I don't know where he fired the shots. The initial reports we were getting was that he went into the building and was yelling his wife's name," said Police Chief Daniel Godfrey.

    He said Robinson's wife huddled in her office until SWAT police were able to move her out of the building. Police also located the man's three children, all of whom are unharmed, he said.

    Although Robinson had reportedly had problems with his wife recently, his father said he doesn't know why his son would resort to killing himself.

    "What happened, I really don't know and I'm not going to guess," said Oneal Robinson.

    Police classified the shooting as a "domestic situation." 

    Contrary to published reports, FedEx officials told NBC Chicago that Robinson was not an employee, nor was he a former employee.

    No one else was injured and police classified the shooting as a "domestic situation." Nearby high school St. Laurence was locked down for a short time as a precaution.