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LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI)-A rural mail carrier is shot while delivering mail and three people of interests are in custody.

But Lowndes County authorities can’t release details because the investigation has been turned over to federal postal inspectors, who still were looking into the assault at this hour.

The three unnamed suspects were picked up just before 3 this afternoon in connection with the shooting of the mail man at the Providence Place housing development just before noon.

He had just gotten out of his pickup truck at the subdivision’s centralized mail boxes when he was assaulted.

Investigators say robbery could have been a motive. The suspects originally were detained minutes after the shooting but released.

They then were picked up near Eveningside Apartments on 13th Street North after detectives gathered more evidence and witness statements.

The postal worker was shot in the upper left arm and chest and rushed to Baptist Golden Triangle Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The post office is now offering a a reward of up to $20,000 dollars for any information on the shooting.

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  • TATA VAUGHN

    I’m sorry to hear this happen to Doug, I’d ran this route with Doug the last four years of my delivery career before I resigned. Get well soon.

  • devarious Johnson

    Just another example of how an opressed people have to lash out agianst the system that has kept them down for 300 years.

  • concerned

    Deverious is a dumb*ss – shooting someone because a system “kept them down ” is a joke. How about these folks need a J-O-B rather than attacking someone doing theirs?

  • Nick Gerteis

    Mr.Johnson–If you think you’re being funny–you’re not. If you’re being serious, please reconsider what you said. Do you really think it’s ever OK to purposely hurt another human being unless in self defense? Please let me know in your follow up post. Thanks.

  • Glenn Palmer

    So sad that anyone would use this opportunity to justify and excuse this type excused violent behavior against an innocent hard working government employee. Sounds like another poor attempt to blame working class people instead of criminals who refuse to be responsible and caring adults. Shame on anyone that doesn’t put the blame where it actually belongs, on the criminals. Everyone knows carriers are defenseless on the job by regulations and law. This makes them targets for this kind of actions. Sad state of affairs.

  • Jacob

    Oppressed people??? What does this have to do with a robbery?

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