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Postal worker recovering after shooting

SPRING BRANCH, TX – The postal worker who was shot in the leg Saturday is still in the hospital but on the mend, said a United States Postal Service spokesperson Wednesday.

The violent incident prompted a four-day manhunt spanning two counties. Three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday morning.

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association identifies the postal worker as Marie Sebastian. We’ve reached out to her for her firsthand account, but right now she is focused on getting better.

With reward posters still taped on mailboxes, the community where the shooting took place is shaken to the core.

"Younger folks, older people - they've all been on edge,” says homeowner Terry Foley.

Neighbor after neighbor expressed relief to hear the suspects are off the streets.

Amanda Lawless keeps reliving the moment she saw Sebastian on the ground, bleeding.

"She was just screaming the whole time, saying it hurts and I've been shot,” Lawless says.

It was supposed to be Sebastian’s last day on the job. She was leaving the Postal Service to pursue missionary work.

"Nothing like last day and that happening to you,” Lawless says. “She was so brave and strong. She was tough.”

The tight-knit community is now keeping tabs on the mail carrier’s recovery and hoping to send her a care package.

"She's doing her job. She's a wonderful person,” Foley says. “To shoot an unarmed postal carrier in the leg to steal something is just so wrong, it's beyond comprehension."

Homeowners vow to stay vigilant.

"Everyone's a lot more alert now,” Foley says.

They know how close they came to someone they see every single day being taken away.

"I've always had respect for them. My grandfather was a postal worker. Now, even more so,” Lawless says.

Every single neighbor we spoke with, both on and off camera, expressed huge gratitude to law enforcement for getting the suspects off the streets.

Neighbors are keeping a close eye on what investigators uncover about the suspects. They say the area has experienced a rash of mail theft, and the Spring Branch post office even removed mailboxes from the parking lot to protect peoples’ property.

By EMILY BAUCUM

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