Ga. Postal Worker Allegedly Shot At By 2 Boys
A 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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