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Person of interest sought in post office shooting

Published 4:19pm Friday, August 9, 2013

Authorities have identified a person of interest in connection with the Aug. 1 shooting of a Hayneville postal worker.

According to a statement from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, authorities are searching for a black female with reddish highlights in her hair.

U.S. Postal Inspector and Public Information Officer Yulanda N. Burns described the driver as “light-skinned to medium complexion.”

Burns said the driver also has black curly hair with red streaks or highlights.

Investigators are also searching for a gold 2002-2005 Ford Explorer, which may have been used in the crime.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service released the photograph of a vehicle on Thursday.

Last week, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that it was offering up to a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects who shot and robbed the postal worker.

The shooting occurred Aug. 1 between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

George Frazier, assistant inspector in charge from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Atlanta, said some mail was stolen following the shooting, but that due to the ongoing nature of the investigation he could not provide any more information.

On Aug. 2, Frazier said the postal worker had been shot with a handgun and was transported to a Montgomery hospital where he was in stable condition.

On Thursday, Burns said the postal worker, whose name is not being released, is recovering.

In addition to the $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible previously offered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Central Alabama Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest.

Anyone with information about this vehicle and person of interest is asked to call the U.S. Postal Service toll free at 1-877-876-2455, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-392-8011 or Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP.

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