Mail Carriers Get Police Escort After Reported Gunfire in Illinois Town

Mail delivery was suspended for two weeks to more than 50 houses in the Chicago suburb of Harvey because of a mix-up after reports that a U.S. postal carrier was caught in gun crossfire.

Postal service spokesman Jose Aguilar said Wednesday that mail delivery was suspended after the carrier said she was caught in the gunfire while working her route on Oct. 10.

The delivery suspension was supposed to last one day, Aguilar said, but miscommunication at the post office's Harvey branch has drawn that out to nearly two weeks.

Harvey police will escort a mail carrier along the route Thursday, Aguilar said.

Harvey spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado said there is no record of a shooting incident Oct. 10 in the area.

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