Food delivery drivers talk about job dangers after deadly shooting

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New details in the shooting death of a man making a food delivery in east Richmond.

A worker at the Wan Jing Lou Chinese restaurant says the man who was shot wasn't an employee but made the food run to help out a friend who does work there.

The shooting happened just before midnight Monday in the 24 hundred block of Whitcomb Street. As police search for the gunman, other delivery drivers talked about the dangers they face.

Delivery drivers say the rule of thumb - don't go into an area in which you feel uncomfortable. One driver we talked to says he thought he did all the right things the night he was robbed at gunpoint but now admits he made one mistake - one he won't make again.

"They actually put the gun to the back of my head told me to give up the food," said De'mon Welton.

At the time, Welton was delivering Chinese food in south Richmond when he says he was ambushed by gun-wielding robbers. He now works for Bottoms Up pizza in Shockoe Bottom.

"I'm still driving still here," said Welton.

But Welton will never forget the moments leading up to what could have been the last moments of his life.

"In an instance I didn't check my whole surroundings I could have looked back and I could have called first," said Welton.

Fellow driver, Mike Walsh, says he's never felt uncomfortable doing his job, but says Bottom's Up doesn't deliver late at night. Unlike Wan Jing Lou Chinese Restaurant which delivers to Whitcomb court up until midnight - 15 years ago the cut-off time was 2 a.m.

When it gets dark outside, Walsh says you wouldn't know what company he works for.

"The signs that we put on our cars we take down," said Walsh.

Welton says he also doesn't carry a lot of cash, maybe 15 dollars tops. Still he says a driver can do everything right, but that doesn't mean you won't get out of a tough situation unharmed.

"Either you give up the food or still give up the food and get killed," said Welton.

If you have information that could help Richmond Police solve the Whitcomb Street shooting, call Crime Solvers at 780-1000.

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