When Herald-Leader newspaper carrier Don Silvestri saw two men standing against a wall along his route about 4 a.m. Monday, he said his first concern was that they would steal the papers he threw; he never imagined they would shoot him to get one.
So the newspaper carrier approached the men, he said, and wished them good morning.
The men didn't respond, and Silvestri continued for a couple of blocks. It was his second day on a new route. As he stepped out of his truck looking for a subscriber's house, he said, he saw the men walking toward him.
Then the two charged at him and grabbed a paper. After saying something Silvestri couldn't understand, one of the men drew a gun and fired.
The bullet exited through his back, passing through a cluster of nerves and limiting movement in his left arm and hand.
Silvestri said he felt no pain and delivered another paper before realizing he'd been shot. His first concern, he said, was to get someone to cover his route.
Silvestri drove to Thornton's gas station nearby on Georgetown Street, where a worker called for help.
Lexington police were still looking for the two men Tuesday. Police said the shooting occurred on Greenwood Avenue near New Circle Road.
Silvestri has been a contract carrier for the Herald-Leader for about three years.
On Tuesday, he missed the first day of his third semester at National College, where he's studying broadcasting. Though he's irritated about missing class and work, he said he is not mad at the person who shot him. As for the paper that was taken, he said it's all for the best.
"Maybe they'll read the thing and get some benefit," he said. "Maybe they're cerebral-minded individuals."