Indiana Postal Worker Dies After Being Shot, Suspect Remains at Large

A postal worker has died after she was shot while working in Indiana—and the suspect remains at large.

Police arrived at the scene on the east side of Indianapolis at around 4 p.m. on Monday and found the woman with gunshot wounds, WTHR reported.

The woman, who has not been identified, was talking when she was transported from the scene on North Denny Street, the station reported. However, her condition deteriorated in hospital and she later died.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the shooting, but haven't established a motive.

"It's really too early to tell what led up to this," Officer Mike Hewitt told WTHR, adding that detectives are speaking to witnesses to determine who the suspect is and what prompted the shooting.

A U.S. Postal Service mailbox. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service confirmed to Newsweek that the victim was an employee and was working at the time of the shooting.

"The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the Postal Service, is actively investigating the incident, but we are unable to comment further at this time," the spokesperson said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been contacted for additional comment.

A woman who lives on North Denny Street told the station she heard up to 10 gunshots and emerged from her residence to see her postal worker taken away in an ambulance.

"She talks every time she comes around," she said of the postal worker, adding that she was "nice" and "sweet."

The resident added that Indiana's stay-at-home order doesn't appear to have stopped shootings in the area. "I stay in the house and stay to myself, but there's always gunshots, probably every two to three days," she said.

Indiana Governor Eric Halcomb issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus in the state in March. The order remains in effect until May 1, but the governor has not yet said whether restrictions will be lifted or extended then.

Indiana has almost 16,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and 844 deaths as well as another 88 probable COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest data from the Indiana Department of Health.

Anyone with information about Monday's shooting is urged to call the IMPD's homicide office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 1-800-262-TIPS.

This article has been updated with comments from the U.S. Postal Service.

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