Still No Decision from DA in Pizza Hut Shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - He says he's gotten nothing but support after he shot and killed two would-be robbers at this Pizza Hut on East Independence. The pizza delivery driver says he only pulled his gun when it became a "him or me" situation. "So then I shot him in the cooler and he fell. The other came in, was checking with a gun, I shot them both,” he says.
The driver, who doesn't want to show his face because a third suspected robber is still on the loose, says he even got a card with cash inside and a note that said "Thank you. Here's 20 dollars for more bullets."
The men killed that night in September are Gregory Hardy and Duantrae Wallace. Both had previous arrest records. The police have called the shootings a "justifiable homicide." The DA's office still hasn't decided if charges will be filed against the employee.
The delivery driver says of the shooting, "I'm just trying to protect myself."
We asked the two men running for District Attorney for their take. "I think there's certainly a number of people out there that saw that news piece and said 'good for him,' without knowing all the facts, he took care of himself, he saved someone's life,” says Republican candidate Andrew Murray.
Democratic candidate Michael Barnes says, "It exemplifies the frustration people have and the fear. People are afraid they're going to be targeted by criminals."
Murray says the DA's office needs more communication with residents on how decisions are reached and why. In the Pizza Hut case, he won't pass judgment, but does say, "In this community, and in this country, you have a right to defend yourself or defend others against reasonable fear of bodily harm or death."
Barnes says there are various deficiencies within the DA's office, including not only outdated technology but also an outdated operating model. He wants to target known repeat offenders, like the two men the Pizza Hut employee killed, and says "People need to know that if they come into Mecklenburg County and commit crimes and terrorize this community that they're going to be held accountable."
It was the third time the pizza delivery driver has been robbed on the job, he says, but he won't live in fear. "It's better me going home than them."
While the DA's office is determining the next step in the case, Pizza Hut has suspended the employee with pay. But the company has a no weapons policy and the delivery man fears he won't get his job back. He did have a concealed carry permit.
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