Authorities in Pennsylvania say a pizza delivery driver is dead after an armed robbery they believe was staged at an abandoned structure in Philadelphia.
According to People, 30-year-old Bobby Jenkins had just started his position at Stacy’s Pizza a few weeks before he was dispatched to the fatal call on Tuesday evening.
Police Capt. Jason Smith confirmed the homicide at a press conference, indicating the victim was shot in the chest at the building in the Overbrook Park community at about 7 p.m.
He said initial evidence shows similarities to a robbery last month in which abandoned structure a few miles away was listed as the destination for a pizza delivery. Investigators say a subject forced open a door to gain entry to that structure, noting that it was a non-fatal robbery.
“We are looking at the possibility that this was not an isolated incident,” Smith said.
Police encouraged local business owners to pay special attention to deliveries from new customers or unfamiliar addresses and phone numbers.
George Economo, who owns Stacy’s Pizza, described Jenkins as a “very good guy” who came in looking for a job and ready to work.
His friend said he planned to use the money he was making to start his own business.
“It’s unfortunate you can’t feel safe in your own neighborhoods,” Chloe Saunders said.
Jenkins’ brother spoke to a crowd gathered for a vigil this week, as reported by Fox News.
“Right now I’m so hurt,” Caliel Blocker said. “I’m so hurt. My brother didn’t deserve any of this at all. That’s my youngest brother. We had a bond that was inseparable. I want y’all to pray for my mom. Pray for her.”
[Featured image: Bobby Jenkins, Facebook]