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Two dead after shooting at ServiceMaster in Memphis

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Memphis police discovered the bodies of two people in the parking lot of ServiceMaster's office complex on Ridge Lake Road Tuesday morning. Memphis police discovered the bodies of two people in the parking lot of ServiceMaster's office complex on Ridge Lake Road Tuesday morning.
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(WMC-TV) – Two people are dead after a Tuesday morning shooting outside ServiceMaster in Memphis. Now questions are swirling about exactly why this happened.

ServiceMaster employs 2,400 people in Shelby County; 1500 of those work on the Ridge Lake campus in East Memphis.

Now those workers are reeling from a murder-suicide in the parking lot.

A crime scene greeted employees as they arrived for work at the company early Tuesday morning.

"It's a difficult day for us here at ServiceMaster," said Peter Tosches, the company's senior vice president of corporate communications. "Our hearts go out to the family of the employee and all of her co-workers."

At 7:07 a.m., a ServiceMaster employee showed up to work.

As she walked across the parking lot, she was shot and killed in an apparent domestic dispute, though police say the original 911 calls indicated the potential for more violence.

"We got information that shots were still being fired," said Lt. Col. Marcus Worthington, of the Memphis Police Department.

But by the time police showed up, the gunman had already shot and killed himself too.

ServiceMaster allowed its employees to go home if they wished. For those who stayed, the company provided grief counselors.

"Obviously this is a tragedy. There were some associates here at the time," said Tosches. "Right now, our attention is focused on helping them deal with the grief."

Thus far, Memphis police have not released the identities of those involved.

Investigators say they are still speaking with family members and witnesses.

"Unfortunately, some of these things, these tragic situations, you just can't you can't cover every situation, every possibility," said Tosches. "It's just a tragedy this had to happen."

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