Miami-Dade mail carrier fatally wounded in robbery

A mail carrier serving his daily route was fatally wounded by a gunman Monday afternoon in north Miami-Dade, police said.

The carrier was identified by the U.S. Postal Service as Bruce Parton, 60, a full-time carrier from the Norland branch.

“He was shot while on his Miami route this afternoon. No motive has been identified at this time,” the postal service said in a statement.

The U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service quickly offered a $25,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the shooter. Anyone with information can call 1-888-876-5322.

The incident unfolded at 486 NW 165th St. Rd. sometime around 2:47 p.m., near two large apartment complexes were the mail carrier was making his rounds. Callers to 911 reported hearing several shots, police said.

Parton was shot “multiple times,” said a police spokeswoman.

After the shooting, the gunman took off on the mail truck, which was found abandoned a short distance away. A manhunt has begun for the shooter described as a black male with dreadlocks in his 20’s or 30’s, 6-feet-tall, wearing a red jacket and black and slacks and shirt, police said.

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