Suspect identified in BB-gun attack
Mail service to resume Friday
SCHENECTADY A suspect has been identified in the BB-gun shooting of a mail carrier on Van Vranken Avenue, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman said Wednesday.
With that, mail service suspended a week ago will resume Friday, Maureen Marion said in an email.
“We are happy to report that a suspect has been identified in the recent attack on a letter carrier,” Marion said. “As a result, we believe it will be safe to resume delivery in that neighborhood on Friday.”
Mail delivery to the area around the 1600 block of Van Vranken Avenue was suspended last Thursday after a mail carrier’s bag was hit by a BB.
The carrier was not hurt, and the bag was not damaged, but the incident concerned the U.S. Postal Service enough to suspend delivery to the area until the investigation was completed. In all, delivery to about 40 multiple-dwelling units was affected.
During the suspension, residents in the area had to pick up their mail at the main post office in downtown Schenectady, though some residents said they were unable to do that. Any mail held at the post office will be delivered Friday, Marion said.
No information on the suspect was released, including whether the suspect is an adult or a child. It was also unclear if any charges had been filed.
News of the resumption of deliveries was welcomed Wednesday on Van Vranken Avenue. Resident Bonnie Chambers called it “terrific.”
“I’m glad that we’re getting our mail service again,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful thing that they caught somebody. I’m really glad about that.”
Chambers said her husband was able to get their mail this week at the main post office.
Chambers also said she intends to watch out for her letter carrier now.
“Some of us will keep an eye out for him and make sure nothing happens to him,” Chambers said.
BB guns are illegal to possess in Schenectady, and police will confiscate them if they see them.
In addition to the mail carrier, a 2-year-old girl was hit in the cheek Tuesday in a backyard on Carrie Street, a section of the street parallel to the section of Van Vranken where the letter carrier was hit. Carrie Street is the first street west of Van Vranken.
Annette Pino said Wednesday the girl was at the Carrie Street residence with a friend when the girl’s mother heard the “pop, pop, pop” of a BB gun. The girl, Pino’s great-granddaughter, was struck on the cheek near her ear. The BB didn’t break her skin.
Later, at her own residence, the girl was afraid to go outside, Pino said.
“When she was telling me that yesterday, when putting my coat on, that broke my heart,” Pino said.
Pino also wanted to correct a report Tuesday by a police spokesman, who said the family declined police action. She said they did want action and wanted a report taken.
Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said Wednesday, after checking into the issue further, that officers spoke with the girl’s mother Tuesday and she wanted the area checked for children with BB guns. The incorrect information, he said, came from some confusion in notes on the call.