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Food delivery people and restaurants react to delivery man’s death

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Port St. Lucie police continue to investigate a shooting that killed a food delivery driver late Wednesday.

DoorDash delivery driver Kevin Evans said deliveries can go late into the night and drivers are often alone, but safeguards are in place to try to avoid harm from drivers.

Many Port St. Lucie delivery drivers now think of the shooting as the victim made a food delivery under his wife’s DoorDash account.

“Prayers go out to the family,” Evans said. “You hate to see something like this happen.”

Home security footage near the scene of the shooting shows the delivery man dropping off food outside a home near Jaycee Park before 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

WATCH: Home security video shows man dropping off food delivery moments before fatal shooting

Home security video shows a man dropping off a food delivery moments before a fatal shooting in Port St. Lucie

Moments later, shots rang out.

“You never know what’s in people’s hearts,” Evans said. “It’s the good and the bad side of life.”

Evans said full-time drivers can deliver 30 or more orders a day, and when it comes to safety, it’s up to the drivers to choose where they deliver.

“Mostly I’ll be going to the Stuart area, Palm City, lots of gated communities,” Evans said. “Generally, you won’t have a lot of crime in these communities.”

Apps like DoorDash have security features. If a driver ever feels unsafe, they can press an emergency button on their app that will connect them with an ADT agent who can stay on the line and call 911.

“They say it’s still a safe space, but things like that don’t normally happen here, so it was very shocking on every level,” said Natalie Manfredi, the owner of the Pappa Louie restaurant.

Family owned stores like Pappa Louie’s restaurant have been in Port St Lucie for over 30 years and with the growth in population they have also seen more crime.

“Family is what keeps us running. My sister, my mother, works here too,” Manifred said. “We are all a team. We work together and family and safety come first.”

Staff said they have their own team of drivers, but are also using apps like DoorDash to meet the extra demand.

“I would tell them to leave the situation immediately,” Manifred said. “If the police need to be called, call 911 immediately and then obviously call us. But I would never want anyone to be in a situation where they’re not compliant.”

Port St. Lucie police are still searching for the person(s) who killed the delivery driver.

The victim has been identified, but police said the family chose not to release the name publicly.


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