Pizza delivery driver shot in head and crashed home after ambushed: police


By Corey Davis

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A gunman ambushed a pizza delivery driver and shot him in the head while he was making a scheduled delivery in North Philadelphia, police say.

The shooting happened near the 1400 block of West Mayfield Street around 8 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said the 40-year-old victim crashed into a house at 15th and Mayfield streets after being shot.

The driver was seriously injured and is in extremely critical condition, police said.

Investigators said they saw the graphic crime unfold on surveillance video.

“You can clearly see the delivery driver moving west on the 1400 block of Mayfield. You see in a vacant lot, a man appears to be crouching and hiding,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “Then when our delivery driver pulls up on the block, our assailant clearly comes out of the vacant lot, walks to the driver’s door, points his gun at the window which is rolled down and shoots this delivery driver in the head.”

After the shooting, the delivery driver’s vehicle is seen on surveillance video speeding down the street. He then jumped off a curb and crashed into the house.

Investigators said they don’t know if the shooter was looking for money or why it happened, but said no food was taken.

They know the victim had a delivery scheduled in the 1400 block of Mayfield Street.

The crash that followed the shooting caused severe damage to the foundation and exterior wall of the house. So officers said they called licensing and inspections to make sure the house was safe for everyone living inside.

No one was injured in the house.

No arrests were made.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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