Pizza driver killed after being lured out on fake order

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A pizza delivery driver was shot and killed late Thursday night after police say he was lured out of his store with a fake order.

Police were called shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday to the intersection of South Hamilton Road and Kimberly Parkway after a report of a minivan crashed into a pole.

Officers discovered 59-year-old James A. Flannery inside the van with a gunshot wound to the chest.

James Flannery
CREDIT: Flannery family

Flannery was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

According to police, the victim was a pizza delivery driver who was attempting to make a delivery at a nearby home on Kenaston Drive when he was shot during an altercation.

“It does appear it was a set-up,” said police commander Kelly Weiner. “(We) don’t know if murder was the goal, or robbery.”

Investigators said the home was vacant and that it is likely that he was set up for a robbery. Investigators believe there was more than one robber and say they got away with two pizzas and a small amount of cash.

He was able to get into his van and drive away, but came to a stop just a few blocks away from the Papa John’s store where he worked.

Hamilton Road was closed in the area while police investigated.

“It’s just crazy, heard a few bangs in a row, bangs, yeah definitely,” James Rogers

Neighbor James Rogers said it was “just crazy.”

“I heard a few bangs in a row,” he said.

The victim fled after he was shot, eventually stopping just blocks from his store.

Debbie Allison said she just moved into the neighborhood.

“I was laying in bed, watching TV,” she said. I heard a gunshot and looked at my phone, it was 10:20 p.m.

“Scary, very scary. I just moved in a couple of months ago. Might need to get out.”