Unknown Michael County Killer- Louisiana- 2017 Feb 26, 2017 4:37:55 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Feb 26, 2017 4:37:55 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: New Orleans Crime Stoppers website)
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in the death of Domino's delivery driver Michael County, who was fatally shot Monday night (Jan. 23) while working in Algiers.
Glenn Mueller, president of local Domino's franchisee RPM Pizza LLC, said the company is working with Crimestoppers on the cash reward. The reward money has been provided by RPM Pizza and Domino's.
"We're just a little baffled and frustrated," Mueller said of County's death. "He was very hard working, doing all the right things like so many people in New Orleans."
County, 49, was fatally shot shortly before 7:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Stratford Place, authorities said. He had just finished making a delivery when, police said, gunfire came from a black Chevrolet sedan. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said at the scene that County was training another delivery driver at the time. That second person was inside a vehicle when the shooting took place, and was not injured, Harrison said.
"We are appealing to the conscience of anyone who knows or think they may know anything about yet another shooting and killing of a Domino's pizza delivery driver," Harrison said. "We need information and we need it really quickly."
County is the third Domino's delivery driver killed in New Orleans since 2014, though police have not given any indication the incidents were connected. Robert Tedesco, regional vice president for RPM Pizza LLC, said 50 percent of sales this week at the Domino's store on General Meyer Avenue -- where County worked -- will be donated to County's family.
The General Meyer location will also only accept carry out orders for the time being, Tedesco added.
County grew up in New Orleans and graduated from O. Perry Walker High School, said his cousin, Whajetta Smith, 42. He had four children and three stepchildren, five girls and two boys, ranging in age from 23 to 7.
"If he wasn't at home he was at work, so he could take care of his kids," Smith said. "He made sure they didn't want for anything."
County worked at Domino's for the last five years. He knew the risks of delivering pizza in New Orleans and took precautions, his cousin said. He always parked three houses down when making a delivery and walked to the door so he could see anyone coming, Smith said.
"He's not going to sit up there and try to get in any confrontation for someone to hurt him," Smith said. "He always tried to let things go. I couldn't imagine for someone to want to kill him."
Smith, a Gretna resident, said another cousin called her about 8:30 Monday night. Detectives came to the Algiers home County shared with his uncle. Smith raced to County's mother, who was already at the hospital.
"The first thing to my mind was: Is my aunt alright?" Smith recalled of the seconds after that phone call. "That was her only child."
Family members are still trying to sort out the details of County's death, and the reason why his life was taken. NOPD spokeswoman Dawne Massey said the department had no updates on the investigation Tuesday afternoon.
"This is crazy," Smith said. "The world is just crazy."
Anyone with information about this incident should contact NOPD homicide detectives at 504-658-5300, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
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