An investigation is underway in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. after a veteran postman was shot dead 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 say the victim died at the scene. a bullet 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 say he has worked for the USPS for more than 18 years.
According Fox 6 Milwaukee, the United States Postal Inspection Service also confirmed that the victim was a mailman.
“That’s the most devastating part — like, we 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 go and support our families?”
Police said it is not known what led to the shooting, but the incident is under active investigation. The United States Postal Inspection Service and the FBI are assisting the Milwaukee police in this case.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson issued the following statement hours after the shooting:
“The shooting death of a Milwaukee postal worker is alarming. My thoughts are with the family and co-workers of the victim. The postal worker involved in this homicide was a government official, which makes this crime even more disturbing. Criminals responsible for the death and injury in our city must be held accountable, and to do so, anyone with information about this crime, or another serious crime in Milwaukee, should come forward.
As of Friday evening, there were no known suspects and no one was in custody.
“The Milwaukee Police Department sends its sincere condolences to the victim’s family and to the USPS for the the loss of their limb, “ the ministry said in a press release.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call MPD at 414-935-7360. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or through the P3 Tips app.
The USPS did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for a statement.