A driver delivering Chinese food was ambushed and shot Thursday night.
Police said it was all a setup to lure an unsuspecting delivery driver to an abandoned home.
"The guy's out there just trying to do his job and deliver some food," Captain Steve Young said.
A delivery driver from the Friendship Chinese Restaurant near 65th Street and Troost Avenue was on a delivery to a home near 69th Terrace and Cleveland Avenue. When the driver arrived, he could tell the house was vacant, so he called the number on the order and, the next thing he knew, a car came out of nowhere and tried to block his vehicle from going forward.
The driver then noticed the man blocking his path had a gun.
"They saw what was going on, so they drove away and the suspect fired a few shots at the car," Young said.
One of the shots hit the man's arm, but the injury wasn't serious and he was able to speed away.
"I grew up here. I've been here all my life," Tracy Johnson said.
Johnson lives just down the street and said it's crimes like this that hurt everyone in the neighborhood and it's already tough getting restaurants to deliver to the area.
"We don't get the same attention as other areas because of the stereotype of incidents like what happened yesterday," she said.
"He's scared, but you get used to it," an employee at the Chinese restaurant said.
The employee talked to KCTV5 with the agreement his face isn't shown. He said the threat of this happening is so real drivers always have a strategy when delivering to anyone. They look for lights in the house, anyone suspicious hanging around outside and they never get out of the car - the customer must come to them.
Despite the danger, there's always someone willing to take the job
"They need the job. They are prepared this could happen, but it's the only way they can make money," the employee said.
Anyone with information that can help find those responsible for the robbery is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 8160474-TIPS.
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