You know the standard United States Postal Service motto, right? Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But that assurance can still be made null and void in some cases, as you’ll note that they didn’t say anything about gunfire. That may be the case shortly in the Windy City, where postal carriers are indicating that delivering the mail in a hailstorm is something they’re totally willing to do, but not in a hail of bullets. And in some parts of Chicago, particularly on the South Side, the worst-case scenario has already played out, with one carrier having been shot while simply making her deliveries for the day. As far as the rest of the team is concerned, enough is quickly becoming enough. (CBS Chicago)
Chicago postal workers, saying it is too dangerous to deliver the mail, are threatening to stop delivering in some neighborhoods one week after a mail carrier was shot on her route.
Postal workers and community organizers joined together for a prayer vigil Thursday near the scene of last week’s shooting.
The 24-year-old mail carrier remains hospitalized. She was shot four times during a drive-by shooting in the Burnside neighborhood.
There is a $50,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooters, but there haven’t been any breaks in the case thus far. And let’s be clear about something here. This wasn’t a case of the postal worker causing trouble for herself or losing awareness of her surroundings. She was following the route she took every day when a group of young men came by in a car at relatively high speed and simply opened fire. It’s believed she wasn’t even the target.