WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Police are investigating after shots were fired at a Williamsport delivery driver over the weekend.
It’s the second time in under a month that a delivery driver has been the target of a shooting. The report of shots fired on the 900 block of Market Street late Saturday night was starkly reminiscent of the shooting of another delivery driver in Williamsport on October 23rd.
Fortunately, no one was injured in this latest incident but Mayor Derek Slaughter and Police Chief Damon Hagan have made it clear the recent trend won’t be tolerated.
“Innocent individuals doing nothing more than performing their job duties. It won’t be tolerated. We’re not going to allow it. It can’t continue,” Slaughter said.
The driver, an employee of Old School Pizza, was unharmed, but Slaughter says enough is enough.
“This will not become the norm. We absolutely will not tolerate it. We will aggressively pursue and arrest those responsible,” Slaughter said.
Old School Pizza told Eyewitness News a fake address was provided to confuse the driver upon arrival. Chief Hagan says the criminal investigation unit is examining any potential link between the shootings. In the meantime, he’s warning business owners to keep their guard up.
“We ask that these delivery drivers and these business owners be as vigilant as they can. That they try and verify the addresses of these customers who call,” Hagan said.
Hagan says the trend is even more discouraging, given the need for local businesses to transition towards delivery amid rising COVID rates.
“With more deliveries, and with people more dependent on deliveries, to see this sort of a crime is more frustrating,” Hagan said.
Old School Pizza did not want to address the incident on camera, but the restaurant’s owner, Tim Harer, told Eyewitness News one of his biggest concerns is being forced to discontinue delivery which has been a vital source of revenue during the pandemic.
While Harer said that’s not financially tenable, he said obviously the safety of his employees is paramount. To that end, Eyewitness News has been told the driver involved in Saturday’s incident is shaken up, but otherwise unharmed.