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Newspaper deliveryman wounded in South Dallas

A 36-year-old man, who was delivering newspapers with his 14-year-old son, was wounded early Tuesday when his sports utility vehicle was sprayed with gunfire in a south Dallas neighborhood, police said.

Eric Mitchell was taken to Methodist Medical Center where he was treated for three gunshot wounds, said Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, police spokesman. A hospital spokeswoman said Mitchell had been treated and released.

Mitchell told officers that he and his son were delivering copies of the Dallas Morning News at about 4 a.m. in the 100 block of Elston when an unknown suspect opened fire on his SUV, Janse said.

Someone started shooting at them as they drove down the street, Janse said. "(Mitchell) was struck one time in the left arm and two times in the left leg."

Earlier reports indicated that an “assault weapon” was used, but detectives could not confirm that Tuesday afternoon, Janse said.

Mitchell’s son was not hurt, Janse said.

Mitchell drove to a gas station on Camp Wisdom Road and Interstate 35E where he called police, Janse said.

Officers went to the 100 block of Elston Street, but they did not find any witnesses or evidence, Janse said.

It was the second time in 2008 that a Morning News carrier was assaulted.

Fredrick Deon Davis, 17, of Morgan City, Miss., faces capital murder charges in the slaying last January of David Wayne May, 47, of Arlington.

May was fatally shot while restocking a Morning News rack at 5:03 a.m. Jan. 21 in the 2000 block of South Cooper Street in central Arlington.

Police believe Davis was involved in a crime spree three days earlier that included the armed robbery of an elderly woman who had recently suffered a stroke.

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