A pizza delivery driver on just his second day on the job was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in Florida, authorities said.
The West Palm Beach Police Department responded to a call around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday about a shooting and found a man, later identified as Tommie Charles Anderson III, suffering from gunshot wounds to the neck and arm. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, but doctors pronounced him dead about a half-hour later.
Detectives later learned that Anderson had just delivered a pizza for Domino’s to the home where cops found him.
The resident called 911 after hearing three gunshots seconds after Anderson dropped off the pizza. Police found three spent 9 mm casings near Anderson and one unfired 9 mm bullet under his body, a probable cause arrest affidavit reviewed by Law&Crime said.
Surveillance video nearby showed there was a white Honda four-door car with a dent on the driver’s side rear door and a front license plate bracket around the time of the shooting. Cops put out a be-on-the-lookout for the car.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper stopped the car later Monday afternoon. Three people were in the car: Elijsha Wingfield, 25, Marcus Williams, 29, and Avianna Kerr-Williams, 29. They were taken into custody for interviews. Police also recovered a 9 mm handgun and two rifles from the car, the affidavit said.
All three gave a similar account of what happened. Williams said the trio was driving around when Wingfield said he wanted to rob someone, according to the affidavit. They saw the pizza delivery driver, and Wingfield allegedly said, “Let’s see what he’s got.”
Wingfield got out of the car armed with a handgun, Williams told investigators. Williams said he got out armed with an AR-15 rifle to “back up” Wingfield.
Anderson was walking to the car when the two suspects ran up to him. Wingfield allegedly said “I ain’t playing with you, this ain’t a game!” and Anderson threw his hands up in surrender. Williams told detectives Anderson said, “I have one of those too,” and reached for his pocket. Williams saw Anderson didn’t have a gun so he didn’t shoot but Wingfield allegedly fired three times, the affidavit said.
Anderson grabbed his neck and fell to the ground. The two suspects ran back to their car and Kerr-Williams drove away, detectives wrote in the affidavit.
Wingfield allegedly said he needed money since the paycheck he was expecting never came. He told detectives how he had to eject a live bullet from the gun after it jammed. Later in the interview, Wingfield put his head down and reportedly said “I really f—ed up my life.”