FORT MYERS, Fla. - A killer is still on the loose. Thursday night, WINK News was at the Westchase Apartments minutes after a delivery driver was gunned down. The victim was just 23 years old. While police search for his killer, some local restaurant owners are re-thinking how they do business.
Police say 23-year-old Zhi Wei Huang had just finished a delivery Thursday night, a job he did every day, when shots rang out in a Westchase apartment complex hallway. He'd been hit, and died later at the hospital.
The suspect got away. Police won't say if the killer took money from Huang. Customers of Tung Hing Chinese Restaurant are distraught to hear a familiar face was targeted.
"I'm angry and I'm sad because I know the kid," Junior Shaw said. "We eat out a lot, we tip the kid well, he is there in a heartbeat. It won't be happening anymore and it's senseless."
Nardo Foglia, owner of Talk of the Town Cheesesteaks and Italian Specialties in Cape Coral said, "I think it's horrible, it's disgraceful that people resort to something like that>
It's a reality check for local restaurants. Delivery workers are sometimes forced to venture into dangerous neighborhoods., not knowing who they'll encounter. Safety is the number one priority.
"We make sure that we always keep the windows up, lock the doors when we get out of the car, we make sure we take minimum money for change if it's cash," Foglia said.
Violence is a constant fear in the back of Foglia's mind as he or other employees make deliveries. Thursday's horrible crime hits too close to home. "I'm possibly thinking about going to the store and trying to get a firearm registered for the store where I can take it on deliveries and have it in the vehicle," Foglia said, "or mace, or whatever I can, cause it's kind of scary, and it seems like it's getting worse out there."
Again, that suspected shooter is still on the loose. To get these criminals off the street, police are depending on witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.