Albany newspaper carrier shot at during delivery route

ALBANY, Ga. — A newspaper carrier for the Albany Herald was shot at while making his rounds early Friday morning, police officials say.

The carrier, Joseph Graper, was not injured, but his vehicle was struck by bullets.

Albany Police Spokesperson Phyllis Banks says 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 says that the man fired towards 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 following the shooting occurred involving his estranged wife.

Banks says that Thomas was following his estranged wife around town 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. When they attempted a traffic stop, he fled on foot and was later captured in the rear of a building at 730 West Highland Avenue. A gun was recovered, Banks says.

The Albany Herald is owned by Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., the parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post.