Mail carrier hospitalized after being assaulted at Highland Meadows Apartments

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A search is underway near the Memphis International Airport for the man who attacked a postal worker delivering mail at an apartment complex.

The brutal beat-down took place at the Highland Meadows Apartments around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"When I came up from the store, everything I guess had happened," said tenant Shirley Smith.

Neighbors said they heard a man screaming, "Somebody help me."

"That man was frightened for his life," said Doris Collins, whose daughter lives in the complex.

The victim has since been identified as a postal worker. USPS officials said he was delivering mail at the apartments when someone attacked him in broad daylight unprovoked and then ran away.

"Somebody seen something in order for that guy to stop beating that man because they say he had a gash in his head. He had a gash in his head," said Collins.

Neighbors said they watched first responders give the man oxygen near the curb before taking him to the hospital. He is expected to be OK.

"It doesn't make me nervous because like I said, there's hardly ever anything that happens in this area," said Smith.

Although Smith said her corner of the complex is typically quiet, someone was shot at the complex in March.

And last year, police said a man knocked on a woman’s door, forced his way in and beat her with a gun before stealing her money.

"It`s a war zone here," said Collins.

Collins said she's praying for this most recent victim.

"Just keep on doing his job, God's got him," said Collins.

Authorities were only able to give a vague description of the suspect.

He was last seen walking southbound on Airways Boulevard toward Holmes Road.

Memphis Police and USPS are both investigating.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.