Ga. Postal Worker Allegedly Shot At By 2 Boys

postal worker USPS fired at gunA postal worker in Georgia was forced to seek cover early Monday morning after his mail truck was repeatedly struck by pellets, allegedly fired by two boys, one of whom was only 8 years old, police say.

The postal employee was was collecting and delivering mail on a street in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville when he heard a "ping sound" and then saw his windshield crack at eye-level, the Gwinnett Daily Post reports.

The postal employee then abandoned the vehicle to seek shelter and call police.

A responding police officer spotted and stopped young males in a car in the driveway of home near the the parked mail truck, as they were attempting to leave in the vehicle, according to a police report.

A 17-year-old in the vehicle was arrested in the incident and charged with aggravated assault with an offensive object, terroristic threats and acts, and interference with government property.

A juvenile complaint was also filed against the 8-year-old boy, who was also in the car.

According to the police report, the teen blamed the shooting on the younger boy, but the 8-year-old told law enforcement that they both shot pellet guns at the mail truck from an open window of the home.

Though the mail employee apparently wasn't hurt in the incident, statistics suggest that working for the Postal Service isn't the safest of professions.

Recent data from the Department of Labor show that 40 percent of all federal employee illnesses, injuries and fatalities were attributable to Postal Service employment, though postal workers comprise just 23 percent of the total federal workforce.

In December, a female postal worker in Manistee, Mich., was injured in a similar pellet-gun shooting.



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pj512

Got to wonder why a 17-year-old is hanging out with an 8-year-old. As I found out as a kid with a brother who got a BB gun for Christmas one year, BBs hurt when they hit you. I can only imagine how pellets feel. These two boys need some guidance. I don't really blame the parents because, as I also remember, kids will do a lot of things their parents don't know about. Or like.

March 16 2012 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alycemd

Maybe he was supposed to be babysitting the younger boy.

March 17 2012 at 1:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kisaten39

Thug boys!

March 16 2012 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen

What...nothing about the parents reactions? Perhaps it was too late for them. Both knocked unconscience by a fuselage of BB shots. Perhaps it would be best for both of these people to be placed on Community Service. Maybe washing and waxing all the postal vehicles for a month or so?

March 16 2012 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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heather

I have a 5 year old. I'm pretty sure that I'm the ONLY parent in my neighborhood that only allows him to play outside with parental supervision. The rest of them run around doing whatever they want all day. There are some as young as 2 or 3 out with siblings that are maybe a couple years older to "watch" them. When I first moved here a pack (for lack of better words) of kids wouldn't move out of the street when a car was coming through, and when the driver honked the kids surrounded the car and started kicking it. Apparently parenting is a lost art.
I'm sure community service would be a good start.

March 16 2012 at 10:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
csunbean

http://www.10news.com/news/30639986/detail.html Postal worker recently died after suffering a heart attack from a pitbull attack. These workers are not protected from this beast. But then again, neither are you or your kids as pepper spray doesn't work. Concerned? Join us at Pitbull Regulation Project on Facebook.

March 16 2012 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
average77

these kids need to be made an example of. when i say these, I mean all kids.
they do what they do because they know they can get away with it and don't get disciplined for ANYTHING!

March 16 2012 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Corinne

Not many people are afraid of going to jail anymore with all the perks they get while inside. It's a new world. I have been attacked by Pit Bulls 3 times. Sued one of them and won. Money was not worth it. It's not safe to walk down the streets. I see mail carriers walking in all weather just to make sure we get our mail and I dont think the foot soldiers get paid enough. They should be allowed to carry a small Kel tec p380 like I have. Let the good guys win for once. Your large dog charges them it dies. A person shoots at them, they have a right to take that person OUT.

March 16 2012 at 8:15 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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csunbean

Corinne http did you see this story about the postal worker who suffered a heart attack during a pitbull attack? http://www.10news.com/news/30639986/detail.html
Join us at Pitbull Regulation Project on Facebook. We believe people should be protected from savage pitbull attacks instead of morons idolizing them and making unreality t.v. shows about them.

March 16 2012 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Canoli King

The kid's went POSTAL.......................

March 16 2012 at 8:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Welcome honey

Pellet gun or not they attacked innocent man,they should be prosecuted and killed.

March 16 2012 at 7:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sirbosk1

Why doesn't the postal service allow postal carriers, that can qualify for concealed weapons permits, to carry firearms to defend themselves. Pepper spray is fine for dogs and some ciminals but doesn't work for people shooting at you. I don't care how old they are, if they're shooting at you, returning fire is justified.

March 16 2012 at 6:23 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Yvonne

@mondo teeno.............Exactly and where were the parents?

March 16 2012 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MondoTeeno

Having lived in GA since 1993 (originally from Chicago), I don't know if it's a GA thing or a generational 'bad parenting' thing, but this is not the first time I've seen people totally ignore the whole "where were the parents" idea...in this same area, some 14 year old almost died or got svery sick from buying "herbal incence" clearly labeled not for human consumption. Sure the clerk shouldn't have sold it, unless the kid got an older friend to. BUT...had this happened in Chicago (or at least if people thought about it), it would not be the clerk under fire, it'd be the mom, the city would ask why she wasn't watching her kid when he got the stuff and SMOKED IT! But back on tangent, I just think media and/or parents need to really open their eyes and talk to their kids, not blame someone else or let kids learn from TV.

March 16 2012 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alycemd

Maybe WORKING? The older boy might have been supposed to be babysitting the younger one.

March 17 2012 at 1:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leonard Thomas

Here we go again! This is a pellet gun, not a true firearm.

March 16 2012 at 4:44 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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Kathy

The pellets cracked the windshield.
If I aim for your face and neck I can take you out with a pellet gun and boy will it hurt

March 16 2012 at 5:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
sal the fish

Yea be careful ya can put an eye out !

March 16 2012 at 6:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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