Gunman Lures Pizza Deliveryman to Home Under Construction Then Kills Him

A gunman shot pizza deliveryman Bobby Jenkins, of Ardmore, during an apparent robbery in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia

What to Know

  • Police say Bobby Jenkins was shot and killed while delivering food for Stacy's Pizza.
  • Jenkins was lured to a home under construction prior to being shot, police said.
  • No word yet on possible suspects.

A gunman lured a pizza deliveryman to a property in Philadelphia's Overbook Park section Tuesday night before shooting and killing him. And, investigators believe the robber may have struck before.

Bobby Jenkins was only three weeks on the job delivering food for Stacy's Pizza when the Ardmore man was called to a property on the 7600 block of Woodcrest Avenue around 7 p.m.

"The house is under construction right now," Philadelphia Police Inspector Raymond Evers said. "So we believe the individuals who did this broke in the rear of the property and staged this robbery that turned into a homicide."

When the 30-year-old deliveryman arrived, he was confronted by at least one gunman who opened fire, shooting him once in the chest. 

Neighbors heard the gunshot and one resident passing by found Jenkins in the middle of the street. Jenkins was rushed to nearby Lankenau Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead minutes later.

Some items were taken from Jenkins, police said.

Police Capt. Jason Smith said at a Wednesday news conference that they fear whoever killed Jenkins could strike again as these type of targeted robberies often come in bunches.

There was at least one other recent robbery, on N Brooklyn Street on Feb. 17, of a deliveryman in West Philadelphia that matches the M.O. of an abandoned house being used, police said. The deliveryman in that case was robbed at gunpoint but not shot.

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Jenkins' co-workers fought back tears after learning of the deadly shooting.

"He was a very nice man so it was shocking," Naje Barnhill, a coworker, told NBC10. "You see somebody for one second and turn around and they're gone. I would never want that to happen to anybody."

If you have any information on the shooting, please contact Philadelphia Police.

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