CAHOKIA, Il (KMOV.com) - A U.S. postal worker is recovering from being shot while delivering the mail. It happened at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the 1200 block of Richard in Cahokia, IL.
Cahokia police detectives are still searching for the shooter. They believe the letter carrier was not the intended victim of the bullets. The victim agrees.
“It was a stray bullet,” said Willie Frazier who’s been with the USPS for 20 years, delivering the route where he was shot for about 15. “I was just in the wrong place, wrong time.”
Frazier says he felt something hit his leg and didn’t realize it was a bullet until he heard several more “pows.” At that point, he took cover.
“I kind of walked behind a house, actually I dived,” said Frazier with a laugh.
Frazier couldn’t stop smiling during an interview with News 4 on Tuesday evening. He said he was thankful for a number of what he called blessings. The 9 MM bullet went straight through his lower leg, not hitting any bones. He was able to leave Touchette Regional Hospital about two hours after he’d been shot. Plus, neighbors he only knew from their mailboxes came out to help him in the midst of the shooting.
“They said the mailman's been shot!” recalled Frazier. “They came out to get me, they wrapped my leg up with a belt to stop the bleeding and they brought me a chair so I could sit down. They called the police and waited there for about 10-15 minutes standing there with me.”
Neighbors tell News 4 they’ve heard more gunshots recently in their area and worry about stray bullets. They’re hopeful police will be able to find the person responsible for this shooting.
“I’m happy to be alive!” said Frazier. “I’m serious. I’m just happy to be alive because had the bullet been up a little bit, it probably would’ve gone through me.”
Willie Frazier says he plans on going back to delivering the mail as soon as he’s recovered.