U.S. postal workers who deliver mail to some of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods are threatening to suspend their services after a postman was shot dead in the city’s southern neighborhood earlier this month.
The carrier, a 24-year-old woman, was seriously injured after being shot several times on 91st Street and Ellis Avenue while delivering mail on September 10. Police said the worker did not appear to be the target and was caught in crossfire during a drive-by.
WSL-TV of Chicago reported that she was the second mailman injured by gunfire on that road. Another mailman, also caught in the middle of a shooting, was shot dead in March while on the job, but survived.
A day after the second worker was shot, another USPS employee was hit with a paintball in the South Chicago neighborhood.
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Chicago postal workers gathered on Friday to demand that city officials address the letter carrier security threat, The Blaze reported. Mack Julion, president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers, has advised workers to stop delivering to areas where they don’t feel safe.
“Any mailman who does not feel safe in any of these communities should not deliver mail and customers should collect their mail,” Julion said. “We’re not going to have another situation where the mailman gets shot. ”
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The 24-year-old man, shot dead while at work earlier this month, remains in hospital. The Chicago Division of Inspection of the US Postal Service is offering a reward of $ 50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect by gunshot.