Pizza deliveryman opens fire to fend off attackers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A pizza deliveryman attacked by four people attempting to rob him opened fire, hitting an 18-year-old man who is now in police custody.

Buffalo Police say the driver was attempting to make a delivery at 474 Cornwall around 10:30 p.m. on Monday when he was attacked by four assailants who began beating him on the head and body with an unknown object.

The deliveryman drew his legally registered handgun and opened fire, hitting an 18-year-old man, who is now in police custody at ECMC and is listed in fair condition.

The other three attackers fled and remain at-large. Police did not say if the driver suffered any serious injuries in the assault.

In April 2005, a similar incident happened in Niagara Falls. Two suspects attempted to mug a pizza deliveryman from Ventry’s Pizzeria on Pierce Avenue, and the driver opened fire, killing one of the suspects, 16-year-old Anthony Sheard.

In that case, the two assailants had a lifelike CO2 gun, which was found next to the teen’s body. The deliveryman was devastated about the shooting, but had armed himself after a previous robbery in the hopes it would deter criminals.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery Monday night in Buffalo should call the confidential tipline at 847-2255.

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