$50,000 reward offered after five mail carriers attacked with paintballs in DC and Maryland

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 15: United States Postal Service (USPS) trucks are parked at a postal facility on August 15, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. In its recent quarterly statement the USPS reported a loss of nearly $2.3 billion and a 3.2 percent decline in package deliveries, the first decline in nearly a decade. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Authorities are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that can help find the assailants who attacked five mail carriers with paintball guns.

Several of the carriers suffered minor injuries after being hit with paintball pellets on Saturday, said Michael Martel, a spokesman for the Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the USPS.

“Our workers are out there on the front line delivering essential goods and services during a pandemic,” Martel told CNN. “This individual (or individuals) drives around and assaults our workers doing their duty. It’s shocking.”

The attacks occurred between 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. in four locations around Washington, DC, and one location in Riverdale, Maryland, according to the Postal Inspection Service.

Those with any information regarding the attacks should call the Postal Inspection Service or law enforcement, Martel said.


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