Effingham County deputies have arrested four suspects in connection with an attempted armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver overnight.
It happened shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday on Mockingbird Road near the intersection of Little McCall Road and Courthouse Road in Springfield. Deputies say the robbers called Pizza Hut and ordered three pizzas for delivery. When the delivery driver got to the destination with the pizzas, four men ambushed the driver and opened fire attempting to rob him, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies said at least one suspect was carrying a semi-automatic handgun.
Gunshots went through all three of the pizza boxes. The delivery driver was hit by shrapnel, but his wounds are not severe. When the attack began, he slammed the car into reverse and punched the gas, speeding away to safety.
At around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies said the four suspects had been arrested.
David Ehsanipoor, public information officer with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office said, "Right now, we have four people in custody in reference to the armed robbery and the shooting of the pizza delivery man late last night. Our investigators and deputies have been working all night long. We went to four separate houses; we have four people in custody and we've recovered the gun that we believed was used in the shooting and we've also recovered another stolen weapon. Right now, investigators at the office are conducting interviews, and the suspects are looking at various charges from armed robbery to aggravated assault and other weapons charges as well. The ages range from 15 years old up to about 24 year old, so it's a pretty wide range of ages."
It appears that this was a planned ambush. The house that the pizzas were to be delivered to turned out to be a vacant home.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.