CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A paper delivery driver says he had to cut his route short Monday morning when he was confronted by a person with a shotgun.

Benjamin Franklin Farmer, 38, said he was in east Charlotte delivering the local newspaper to customers around 2 a.m. when a young man pulled a gun and pointed it at him.

"Do something stupid, get out of my neighborhood," Famer says the man told him.

Farmer said he started to explain to the man that he was just there to deliver the newspaper, but when he heard a woman begin egging the man on, he made a quick escape.

"Do it! Do it!" he remembers the woman was chanting. "I'm glad he didn't pull the trigger with a shotgun that would do a lot of damage."

Farmer said he drove a safe distance down the road and called the police. He said the man with the gun told the officers he believed Farmer was stealing the mail and he wanted to send him a message.

The case remains under investigation.

Farmer said he never expected in his years of delivering the news that he would make the news one day. But, he adds, he won't let him stop him from earning a living.

"I've been doing that route for almost three years now," he said. "It pays OK but it's dangerous at night, man. You don't know what's out there."

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