A delivery driver was shot dead at a Virginia Denny’s when he walked in on an armed robbery — and even unwittingly held the door open for the two suspects, according to new reports.
Yusuf Ozgur, 56, who works for the DoorDash delivery service, was gunned down early Thursday, local outlet WJLA reported.
The two suspects, described by Prince William County police as in their late teens to early 20s, barged into a Manassas branch of the eatery early Thursday brandishing guns, WTKR reported.
“The men ordered the patrons of the restaurant and employees to the ground while demanding their cell phones and wallets,” police said in a statement obtained by the outlet. “The men further demanded money from the business.”
As the gunmen — wearing black coats and hats that covered most of their faces — made their way to the exit, they shot and wounded a man who had been sitting on the floor and cooperating, according to the report.
Then they turned their attention to Ozgur, who “was walking into the Denny’s and unknowingly held the door for the suspects as they exited,” police told the outlet.
One of the suspects struck him with a baton, and the other shot him, the outlet reported.
Both Ozgur and the first victim were rushed to local hospitals, where Ozgur was pronounced dead and the other man is “expected to survive,” police said.
No money or items were taken from the business itself, according to the report.
Ozgur — who leaves behind his wife and two children — was a handyman who worked as a delivery driver to earn extra money for the family, WJLA reported.
“I’ll never see him again,” his 16-year-old daughter told the outlet.
In a statement issued to the station, DoorDash said it is “deeply saddened” after the incident.
“Our thoughts are with [Ozgur’s] family, friends and loved ones, and we are reaching out to his family to offer our full support during this difficult time,” the company said.
“We are in contact with law enforcement and cooperating with their investigation of this horrific crime.”
Denny’s also released a statement.
“We are saddened by the incident yesterday at our Manassas, VA restaurant, and our thoughts are with those injured and their families,” the restaurant chain said. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigation.”