A pizza delivery driver is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital after being shot twice Monday night while delivering a pizza around 10:30 p.m. on Marmaduke Street in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Now, police are searching for three suspects who ran off after the robbery, attempted carjacking and shooting.
Denise Pierce says the sound of gunshots woke up her quiet neighborhood Monday night. It was a sound many neighbors thought came from fireworks.
“Here’s what I did hear,” Denise Pierce shared with Channel 11 News. “‘He was going to take my life.’ The two shots I heard were the shots on the pizza delivery driver.”
Pierce says the delivery driver fell to the ground on the sidewalk two doors down from her home.
“There was a red area all open on the head,” Pierce added. “Then I saw the ambulance come.”
Police and paramedics rushed to the street, controlled the victim’s bleeding by applying tourniquets and got him to the hospital, but as many as three people believed to be involved in the crime ran off. Tuesday, detectives were back on the street continuing to track down leads.
Another neighbor says her street is full of older folks and families. She says she’s now forced to change her habits.
“For it to happen, it’s definitely a wake-up call. I have a child, and I’m scared now,” another neighbor tells Channel 11. “I’m afraid to let him out at night. He wants to go to the park; I won’t let him go to the park.”
Pierce says it’s time to attend community meetings, create a local crime watch and get to know officers by participating in programs like National Night Out. She said ultimately, this crime could bring neighbors together and potentially help others in our community. She says she has no doubt police will make a swift arrest in the case with the detective work they accomplished Monday night.
“Trust the good on the street,” Pierce added.
“There are people who might not come out at first,” she said, adding, “We have an opportunity here to come together.”
There are still a lot of unanswered questions. We are working to learn what restaurant the driver worked for, who he was delivering to, and if he was targeted. Police say their investigation is just beginning.
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