Washington Newspaper Delivery Woman Allegedly Shot for Driving Too Slow

An investigation was launched after a newspaper delivery woman was shot in Washington state in an apparent road rage incident.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said that the 61-year-old victim was shot at around 5:15 a.m. local time on Thursday, February 27, by an unidentified male suspect.

The victim claimed that while delivering papers along Canyon Road East in the Summit area, she was being followed by a driver in a white sedan. When the woman stopped to make a delivery on a dead-end road in the 8100 block of 50th Avenue East, she heard a person yell at her vehicle.

The woman then turned around and saw a male suspect approach her car. The man then allegedly fired through the rear passenger window of the victim's silver Toyota Prius, striking her once in the arm.

According to Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer, the suspect shot at the 61-year-old because she was driving too slow.

"We have somebody out there who has an anger problem, obviously," Troyer told KCPQ. "Using a gun to come back after he had gotten around her, and just out of revenge, or just out of anger, shot her."

Troyer told KIRO 7 that the suspect also placed a green bandana on his face before firing at the woman.

The victim then drove to a nearby gas station for help. She was then taken to St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment for her non life-threatening injuries.

"Detectives are asking anyone with security cameras in that area to please check for any videos of the victim's silver Prius and/or a white sedan between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. this morning [February 27]," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Rebecca Poynter, publisher of The News Tribune, the paper that the woman was delivering at the time of the shooting, added, "We were deeply disturbed to learn that [a newspaper carrier] was shot this morning, but we're relieved to hear that she is expected to recover from this attack.

"We admire her strength and bravery in driving to find help and wish her a very speedy recovery. [She] and the company she works for provide both The News Tribune and our subscribers with a great service."

The suspect is described as a male, possibly white, with a medium build. He was seen wearing a green bandana over his face, a dark colored jacket, and dark pants.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department has been contacted for further comment.

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A woman delivering newspapers in Pierce County, Washingtin, has been shot in an apparent road rage incident. Pierce County Sheriff's Department