An investigation is underway in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after a veteran mail carrier was shot to death on the job Friday night.
Milwaukee police said officers responded to reports of an injured person in the 5000 block of N. 65th Street around 5:59 p.m.
Police said the victim died at the scene from a gunshot wound.
The victim was later identified as a 44-year-old man who was on duty for the United States Postal Service. His name has not been released, but police said he had worked for the USPS for over 18 years.
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According to Fox 6 Milwaukee, the US Postal Inspection Service also confirmed that the victim was a letter carrier.
“That’s the most devastating part — like we all get up every day to go to work to support our families,” neighbor Jeff Brown told the outlet. “Is it really that bad that we have to look over our shoulders to support our families?”
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Police said it is unclear what led to the shooting, but the incident is under active investigation. The US Postal Inspection Service and the FBI are assisting Milwaukee police in the case.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson released the following statement hours after the shooting:
“The shooting death of a Milwaukee postal worker is alarming. My thoughts go out to the victim’s family and co-workers. The postal worker in this killing was a public employee, which makes this crime even more disturbing. Criminals responsible for death and injury in our city must be held to account responsible. To that end, anyone with information about this crime, or any other serious crime in Milwaukee, should come forward.”
As of late Friday night, there are no known suspects and no one is in custody.
“The Milwaukee Police Department sends our sincere condolences to the victim’s family and to the USPS for the loss of their member,” the department said in a news release.
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Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call MPD at 414-935-7360. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or through the P3 tip app.
The USPS did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for a statement.