FedEx driver shot, would-be robber killed in Northeast Philly
A FedEx driver was wounded and a suspect was killed after gunshots erupted during an attempted robbery in the city’s Lawndale section, police said.
Philadelphia police Wednesday identified the 27-year-old man killed Tuesday night while allegedly trying to rob a FedEx driver in Lawndale at gunpoint.
Police said Jevan Lundy was shot during an exchange of gunfire during the holdup attempt shortly after 7 p.m. in the 600 block of Unruh Avenue.
The 32-year-old driver was shot in the abdomen but was able to drive his truck to an Acme parking lot on Oxford Avenue, from which police took him to Einstein Medical Center.
Lundy was found unconscious in an alley behind the 1400 block of Creston Street in Oxford Circle with several gunshot wounds to his chest and back. Police also took him to Einstein, where he died at 8:27 p.m.
Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said at a news conference Wednesday that police were seeking to interview the FedEx driver, who remained at Einstein.
Smith said detectives were seeking to determine whether shots were fired in a struggle during the robbery, because the only gun recovered by police at the scene was the 9mm handgun legally owned by the driver. Eleven 9mm shell casings were found at the scene.
The driver’s wallet, car keys, and a FedEx package scanner also were found at the scene, and Lundy was found with the man’s FedEx ID card, Smith said.
Smith said no charges had been filed as police continued to investigate. A second man who may have driven Lundy to or from the scene was being questioned, Smith said.
“We are aware of the incident in Philadelphia this evening,” FedEx said in a statement. “The safety of our team members and service providers is a top priority and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”
In response to a request for an explanation of FedEx company policy on delivery employees having guns, the company replied: “We are not at liberty to disclose details of our internal policies. All further questions should be directed to law enforcement.”