Delivery man shot, robbed outside pizza shop Ejaz Amed was making last run of the day

July 14, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

A bullet hole in a window marks the spot where two men robbed and then shot a pizza delivery man in Columbia's Owen Brown village early Friday morning as he left to make a delivery, police said.

Ejaz Amed, 40, of Laurel was leaving Pizz-A-Boli's in the 7100 block of Oakland Mills Road at 1 a.m. when two men wearing masks robbed him in the parking lot, said Sgt. Tara Ball, a spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department.

She said Amed was carrying less than $50 as he went to make to his last delivery of the day -- sandwiches ordered by someone in the 8400 block of Dorsey Run Road.

Restaurant manager Majeed Ahmad said he heard Amed knock on the front door of the restaurant after he had locked it while closing the store.

Ahmad could not see anyone except the driver through the narrow window next to the metal door -- but he called police when he saw the frightened look on Amed's face.

"I saw his face, and I could tell he was scared," Ahmad said. "I didn't know what was going on. If someone is hiding, you can't see."

When Ahmad refused to unlock the door, Amed tried to flee, Ball said.

One of the robbers fired a semiautomatic gun, wounding Amed in the thigh, Ball said.

He was listed in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Ahmad said he tells drivers to take precautions when making deliveries. They should be aware of their surroundings, put down the Pizz-A-Boli's sign on their cars and make sure they carry less than $30 in cash, he said.

But those precautions cannot keep drivers or the shop in the isolated Guilford Industrial Center completely safe, he said.

"After 9 or 10, this place is dead," Ahmad said. "It's quite far from the main road, and drivers can't see when they go outside."

The pizza shop was robbed once in 1992 and twice in 1993, police said.

Police have no suspects in Friday's robbery.

Pub Date: 7/14/96

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