Father, Son Shot at While Delivering Papers

By: E&P Staff

In the latest of a series of violent incidents involving newspaper carriers, a father and his son were fired upon in Dallas, Texas, while delivering newspapers Tuesday morning.

Eric Mitchell, 36, and his 14-year-old son Tyler were delivering newspapers in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas early Tuesday morning when they were fired upon. Eric Mitchell was hit three times by gunfire. He was later treated for gunshots to the arms and leg and was released from a local hospital. Despite his wounds, Mitchell was able to drive the car to a local gas station to get help. He later found that his SUV was riddled with bullets.

His son was unscathed, but badly shaken by the incident. “I don’t understand why they would shoot at us,” the teen told KTVT-TV. “We were just delivering papers.”

Tyler had taken on the paper route for a summer job. However, both father and son have said that they won’t deliver papers anymore.

This is not the first violent incident involving newspaper carriers this summer. In May, a 69-year-old woman was injured by an intoxicated man in Webster, Mass. A week later, a carrier in Evansville, Ill., was carjacked by three teenagers.

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