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‘Sorry mom, sorry dad, sorry North Carolina,’ suspect in USPS shooting, carjacking speaks out

September 7, 2023
2023 09 07 at 4.22 PM

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BURKE/MADISON COUNTY, North Carolina — The man accused of shooting and carjacking a U.S. postal worker in Mars Hill is speaking out.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Jaden Isaiah Garay is now in custody, charged with attempted first-degree murder.

The 23-year-old was taken into custody on Sept. 6 in Burke County, following a chase and a manhunt, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Garay is accused of shooting and carjacking a rural mail carrier in Mars Hill on Sept. 5.

Video showed Garay being escorted out of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office by a Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Wednesday.

“I’m really sorry and, hopefully, she can forgive me,” he told reporters.

Shirtless and in pink handcuffs, Garay had visible injuries to his face, neck and chest.

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