This past Friday, one veteran postal worker was shot fatally while going about his daily route to deliver the mail in Milwaukee, as reported by police officials.
The mail carrier has since been identified as a 44-year-old father of four, Aundre Cross. Milwaukee police forces stated that they are still looking for suspects while working alongside and with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI in a homicide investigation.
At roughly 5:59 p.m., officers moved out in response to an injured person laying on the 5000 block of North 65th Street, expressed a statement sent ou by the Milwaukee Police Department. The victim had been spotted with a gunshot wound in an incident just a little more than an hour earlier and he was officially pronounced dead at the scene by members of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
“The Milwaukee Police Department sends our sincere condolences to the victim’s family and to the USPS for the loss of their member,” explained the department.
Officials with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which has made sure to explicitly stress that the “safety and security of Postal employees is a top priority,” has announced the offer of a reward of close to $50,000 for any and all information that leads to the arrest and subsequent conviction of any suspects.
Police forces in Milwaukee explained that the suspect’s vehicle was stated to be a silver Audi Q5 SUV with overly tinted windows, and the suspect or suspects should be dealt with as though they are armed and dangerous.
Authorities explained that Cross was an on-duty U.S. postal worker sporting well over 18 years of service.
“The shooting death of a Milwaukee postal worker is alarming. My thoughts are with the victim’s family and colleagues,” explained Cavalier Johnson, the Mayor of Milwaukee, via social media. “The postal worker in this homicide was a public servant, which makes this crime even more disturbing.”
One former co-worker of Cross, who asked officials to identify them as Tia R., openly spoke very fondly about him via an interview with the members of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“He was a mentor to everybody,” she stated to the news outlet. “He was always ready with a prayer, a joke or a story. He never let anybody leave (any situation) without a smile on their face.”