by: Brittney Johnson Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The U.S. Postal Service confirmed it suspended mail delivery to a West Charlotte neighborhood after a shooting.
Eyewitness News learned 100 addresses near the University Park neighborhood were affected.
Families said it took a couple of days to realize they weren't getting their mail.
"I've lived here since (1998.) I've never heard of that before," University Park resident Mike Pate said.
Neighbors were confused about why the post office refused to deliver mail for two days after a shooting.
"There is crime everywhere. I don't hear nobody else's mail being stopped," a resident, who asked not to be identified, said.
The Postal Service released the following statement:
“Safety is a top priority for the U.S. Postal Service. Postal officials received information that there may have been gunshots in the area and made the decision to curtail deliveries in the select locations. We estimate about 100 delivery addresses were impacted on Monday and Tuesday. Mail deliveries have since resumed and are back to normal.”
Police in the area were also surprised and told Eyewitness News they have never heard of crime stopping the mail.
But while inconvenienced, neighbors want everyone to be safe.
"Unless it is putting the mail carrier in danger, I could understand that," Pate said.
And at the very least, they want a warning ahead of the stoppage.
"Give people notice. There (are) checks and things people are looking forward to receiving," the unidentified neighbor said.
The Postal Service said delivery was suspended Monday and Tuesday and resumed Wednesday.
Eyewitness News asked how often the Postal Service suspends mail due to crime, and officials said they don't keep track of that data.
A crime map of the area near Remington and McDonald streets over the past month shows about 30 crime reports, but no shootings.
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