Pizza delivery man shoots
Excerpted from original
publication that ran here
"Suspect in failed robbery
Chanello's to make delivery changes"
By Stephanie Barrett
Virginia's Daily Press
Published: Sunday, March 25, 2001
NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - A man who tried to rob a pizza-delivery driver was in
serious condition at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Saturday after the
driver shot him, Newport News police said.
The shooting occurred about 10:35 p.m. Friday
in the 1300 block of 22nd Street. The suspect was attempting to rob a Chanello's
Pizza driver at gunpoint, Newport News police spokeswoman Dierdre Raines said.
The driver was delivering a pizza from Chanello's Kecoughtan Road location. A
manager at that store said the situation was a set-up.
No charges had been filed as of Saturday.
Police released no names, and Raines said the incident was still under
The Chanello's manager said it was against
company policy to carry a gun. "Our drivers are on guard at all
times," the manager said. They are robbed frequently, he said.
"In this case, the driver happened to have
a gun and felt threatened," he said.
Because of the incident, the manager said, his
store wouldn't deliver pizzas in the downtown area at least on Saturday. He said
that meant that no deliveries were going to areas past Buxton Avenue.
"Ninety-nine percent of the time people
call here, it's for an actual delivery," the manager said.
He said it's unfortunate that his store would
have to tell some people that it wouldn't deliver to them.
He also said there would be a review to decide
whether to stop delivering in that area for a longer period.
In 1999, a Chanello's Pizza manager violated
the company's no-gun policy by shooting and killing an armed robber.
The manager was from the Chanello's in the
Francisco Village shopping center in the 10000 block of Jefferson Avenue.
That manager gained the support of nationally
syndicated radio talk-show host Ken Hamblin of WNIS-AM 790, who bills himself as
the "Black Avenger."
The manager was shot in the left shoulder and
arm. Police said he acted in self-defense and wasn't charged.
It was reported that the manager wouldn't be
reprimanded, though the company still stood by its policy.
Requiring workers to go unarmed into areas where they can be accosted is risky
business for a delivery company, but we understand their policy insofar as it
covers them from potential liability. However, if they fire this gentleman --
when he should be getting a Good Citizen Award -- we will be the first to call
for a boycott of the company. And isn't it interesting to note that they'd
rather lose money by refusing to deliver in a certain area rather than arm their
couriers and publicize the fact that anyone who tries to rob them will be shot
on the spot? What does that say about this company's stamina? Are there any Real
Americans left in corporate positions anymore?
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