What to Know
- Police said they are looking for two men in connection with the violent crime that occurred at a wholesale ice cream distributor.
- Other ice cream truck drivers at the scene after the shooting told News4 that they often worried about their safety at the lot.
- A witness saw a vehicle with two people in it drive away after the shooting and tried to help the victim.
An ice cream truck driver is in critical condition after being shot nine times during a robbery attempt Monday night in Edmonston, Maryland.
Prince George’s County police said they are looking for two men in connection with the violent crime that occurred on the property of Berliner Foods wholesale ice cream distributor. During a press conference Tuesday, they expressed the need for involvement of the public to help them solve this crime..
“What we are trying to do is reach out to the community and see if anybody knows or saw anything to assist us in this investigation,” said Capt. Ken Hubel, with the Prince George’s County Police Department. “Obviously, to be shot nine times, in critical condition, such a brazen robbery that time of the day on July Fourth, it’s unacceptable in our community, and we don’t want to stand for it.”
Police are calling it an attempted robbery and are trying to figure out if this driver was targeted or randomly selected. They said after a brief confrontation with gunman, shots were fired.
“The weather wasn’t great, but there was money to be made, so maybe they had knowledge he was coming aback at that specific time, or they were just going to choose somebody from the parking lot who had money at time,” Hubel said. “There was a disagreement. Obviously, most people don’t want to give up their money, and I don’t know if he was given a full opportunity to give up his money.”
Other ice cream truck drivers at the scene after the shooting told News4 that they often worried about their safety at the lot, where drivers pay about $50 per week to store their vans when they are not in use. A witness saw a vehicle with two people in it drive away after the shooting and tried to help the victim.
“He just looked at me and said I think I’m going to die. It was horrible,” said Charles Annang, a mechanic who often repairs the trucks and works across the street from the trucks’ lot. “How can you rob someone making $1 from selling ice cream? You work hard and make money instead of doing that.”