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A bullet hole is shown in the rear of Joseph Graper's car. Graper was shot at by a man early Friday while he was delivering The Albany Herald.
ALBANY, Ga. — A newspaper carrier for The Albany Herald was shot at while making his rounds early Friday morning, police officials say.
The independent contract carrier, Joseph Graper, was uninjured, but his vehicle was struck by at least one bullet.
Albany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks said that Graper was on his route when he was approached by a man who believed Graper had been at his estranged wife's house near the 1300 block of Willie Pitts Drive. When Graper attempted to drive off, Banks said, the man fired toward the car, striking it in the rear.
Michael Thomas has been charged by police with aggravated assault and aggravated assault family violence after he was involved in a separate incident about 30 minutes after the shooting occurred. That incident involved his estranged wife.
Banks said that Thomas was following his wife when, around 4:50 a.m., he rammed into the rear of her vehicle. Police located Thomas and his vehicle on the 200 block of South Davis Street. When they attempted a traffic stop, he fled on foot and was later captured in the rear of a building at 730 W. Highland Ave.
A gun was recovered, Banks says.