Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed, Shot

Police: 4 Men Involved In Incident

A pizza delivery driver was shot during a robbery early Sunday morning on the city's north side.

John Cookenaur, 48, was struck in the upper-left arm and was released from Wishard Memorial Hospital later Sunday, 6News' Sarah Cornell reported.

Cookenaur has worked at a Domino's pizza shop on 38th Street for just a few months. He was making a stop in the 4200 block of Hillside Avenue when the incident happened.

Police said Cookenaur struggled with at least four men before he was shot. After the shooting, he went to a BP gas station on Keystone Avenue, where he called police.

"There were two individuals with a handgun, and while the robbery was taking place, several other individuals approached and assisted, wearing ski masks," said Indianapolis police Sgt. Paul Thompson.

Tyrone Whitlock, a shift manager at a Papa John's pizza shop near the Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis campus, said delivery driver robberies are relatively rare, but recalled one incident.

"They took some personal belongings, but … he was safe because he didn't have a lot of cash on him," Whitlock said.

Whitlock said Papa John's drivers never have much cash. Between deliveries, they drop money in lockboxes so they are never carrying more than $20.

Thompson said robberies of pizza delivery drivers are far too common in Indianapolis.

"Typically, they don't get a lot of money, but it's a quick robbery for them," Thompson said. "It only takes a matter of minutes and they are out of the neighborhood before the police can even arrive."

Because the robbery happened at night, Cookenaur couldn't give police a good description of the robbers.