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Baton Rouge postal worker shot while delivering mail

By Tyana Williams - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mail carriers know there are downfalls to their jobs, like rain and dogs.  But people in one Baton Rouge neighborhood say their mail carrier was shot earlier this week.  Witnesses say they tried to yell and warn the man, but it was too late.

"I can't even sleep, you know what I mean.  Every time I close my eyes, I can see this," said Mary Gray.  Gray says she was sitting on her porch Tuesday and noticed her mailman just across the street.  She says at the same time, she saw a young man walk up holding something behind his back.

"We all though it was an umbrella 'cause it was about to rain.  But once he got up close and saw it was a gun we yelled 'hey hey hey'," said Darryl Levigne.

Sgt. Don Kelly with the Baton Rouge Police Department says the postal worker told police he heard a noise behind him, like a click.  Police say when the man turned around he was facing a 12-gauge shotgun held by a young man.  Kelly says the carrier told them the gun was pointed at his chest, and the man told him to "give it up."

Witnesses say when the man cocked the gun, the mailman grabbed the gun and pushed it down.  They say the young man shot and the man was hit in the right leg.  They say the suspect ran in one direction and the worker ran in the other.  They say a woman driving down the street stopped her car, put the man inside and took him to the hospital.

Police say they arrested the alleged shooter, Dedrick Leonard, 17, Wednesday night.  Police say they found the gun behind a house on Maple Drive, where the shooting occurred.

Leonard has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is facing charges of attempted robbery and attempted murder.

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