U.S. postal workers delivering mail to some of Chicago’s more violent neighborhoods are threatening to shut down services after the mail carrier was shot dead in the southern part of the city earlier this month.
The carrier, a 24-year-old woman, was left critical and injured after being shot several times on 91st Street and Ellis Avenue while delivering mail on Sept. 10. Police said the worker did not appear to be the target and was caught in the crossfire while crossing.
WSL-TV in Chicago announced that it is the second postal carrier injured in a shooting on this route. Another mail carrier, also caught in the middle of the shooting, was shot dead in March while at work, but survived.
A day after the second worker was shot, another USPS employee was hit with paintball in the south side of Chicago.
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Chicago postal workers gathered Friday to ask city officials to address the threat to the safety of postal service providers, The Blaze reported. McJulion, president of the Chicago head of the National Association of Letter Carriers, advised workers to cut off supplies in areas where they feel insecure.
“Any letter carrier who doesn’t feel safe in any of these communities doesn’t have to deliver mail, and customers have to pick up their mail,” Julion said. “We will not have another situation in which the bearer of letters is removed.”
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The 24-year-old shot, while at work earlier this month, remains hospitalized. The Chicago Department of the U.S. Postal Service has offered a reward of $ 50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooting suspect.