After a recent shooting, employees of a Macon, Georgia, Papa John’s Pizza joint quit or refused to deliver pizzas to a dangerous nearby neighborhood–all but one brave woman, who agreed to keep delivering to the area. But on the day after Christmas, she was shot in the head.
Brooklyn Rouse, 21, agreed to keep driving into the neighborhood to deliver pizzas to customers in the dangerous Bloomfield area, even after another employee was robbed and shot in the shoulder on a delivery less than a week prior.
Rouse was shot in the head on December 26 as she tried to deliver two pizzas. Police found the shooting victim lying on the ground lapsing in and out of consciousness, the Macon Telegraph reported. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and was listed in critical condition.
Police reported that Rouse was conscious enough to tell them she was robbed, then shot. The victim also told police she did not want to die. “(I) told her to keep squeezing my hand as she was in and out of consciousness,” an officer noted in a police report.
The young woman’s pizza shop boss praised her as a worker.
“I could call her in any time and she’ll be here like that,” manager Frank Hurley told the Charlotte Observer. “Yesterday, she was originally off. I had a driver call in because of the last incident, so I called her in to cover his shift and then it happened to her.”
Since Rouse was shot, the store has canceled all deliveries to the dangerous neighborhood.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
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