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Officials offer up to $25,000 reward in shooting of mail carrier

The incident happened in the 800 block of Deerborn Avenue. (Source: Katie Bauer/WAVE3News) The incident happened in the 800 block of Deerborn Avenue. (Source: Katie Bauer/WAVE3News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Officials are offering up to a $25,000 reward following the shooting of a mail carrier on his route Wednesday morning in west Louisville.

“If this happened to him, it could happen to anybody,” neighbor Michael Crawford said.

Neighbors were left stunned after a mail carrier was shot while doing his job in the 800 block of Dearborn Avenue about 10:35 a.m. Wednesday.

“I couldn't believe it that he got shot like that, we don't usually have no problems on this street,” neighbor Clarence Robertson said.

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The postal worker made his deliveries on foot, but his van was nearby. Just three doors down, Crawford heard his mail hit the floor. 

“I came out and picked up the mail like I usually do, I was on my way to the doctor and I heard two big bangs when I was back there folding clothes and I thought that was just somebody messing with the dogs, because the dogs were going wild in the back,” Crawford said.

Then, he heard sirens, so he immediately came outside.

“I asked her what happened and she said somebody shot the mailman,” Crawford said. “I said 'shot the mailman, not Youngster,’ I call him Youngster and I was like ‘why, he don't bother nobody, he's just doing his job, why would somebody shoot the mailman?’”

Louisville Metro Police won't say if the worker was shot while in his van or on foot, but it appeared bullet holes could be seen in the van’s window.

“It's unfortunate anytime anyone gets shot and certainly when you think of someone who is doing their job. It's a very tragic situation that happened,” LMPD’s Dwight Mitchell said.

LMPD was joined by ATF and the US Postal Inspections Service as this is a federal crime.

“It is a federal offense to attack or impede with one of employees,” U.S. Postal Inspector Adel Valdes said.
For Crawford, this day is especially tough as his daughter is also a postal carrier.

“I thought it was a safe job, now I don't know,” Crawford said. “She just left from here and I just told her be careful.”

The victim was shot multiple times, but a MetroSafe dispatcher said he was alert and conscious when emergency crews arrived.

He was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening. His identity has not been released.

The homicide unit was called to investigate.

So far, there are no suspects in the case, Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the US Postal Inspectors Office at 877-876-2455, or the LMPD tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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