Mail carrier caught in crossfire of shootout between two groups

ATLANTA — A beloved mail carrier got caught in the crossfire of a shootout while doing her job.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke to neighbors who are praying for her recovery.

Witnesses said the mail carrier was hit a few times while she was delivering mail to an apartment complex in the Adamsville community.

She’s well known in the community, and police are still looking for the person who shot her and another innocent bystander.

Witnesses say the mail carrier’s name is Nelly Jones. Many people call her Miss Nelly.

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“I’ve been knowing her since I was in 2nd grade, and I’m 27, so I just think it’s about time for Miss Jones to retire because it’s dangerous over here and it was just sad,” a neighbor said.

Neighbors in the northwest Atlanta apartment complex on Middleton Road are begging for a change after the shootout on Monday evening that injured a man who has lived there for a long time and Miss Nelly.

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“The mail lady got shot and she wasn’t involved in anything, you know what I’m saying? It’s just crazy,” a neighbor said.

Neighbors say shootings have been out of control, and when two groups of people started shooting at each other Monday around 5:45 p.m., people were running for cover.

“I’m very cautious about coming to the mailbox because I always bring my granddaughter down here to check the mailbox, but I’m having second thoughts about that right now,” a neighbor said.

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Neighbors told Fernandes that the man who was shot was grazed by a bullet.

They didn’t want his name released, but according to police the man and Miss Nelly are recovering and they’re expected to be OK.

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