Pizza delivery driver shot to death while walking back to car in N Harris County

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

SPRING, Texas - Deputies are investigating after a pizza delivery turned into a deadly shooting in north Harris County.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kendall Manor Apartments on Inverness Forest Boulevard near FM 1960.

Deputies said the Papa John's delivery driver, identified as Glenn Allen Takakura, 44, was at the complex to deliver food. Shortly after completing the delivery, as he was walking back to his vehicle, someone opened fire on him, killing Takakura, authorities said.

A witness told authorities he heard gunshots and saw two black men running away from the scene before fleeing in a gray vehicle.

When the witness approached the area, he saw found Takakura's body between two vehicles.

The man who ordered the pizza said he feels terrible.

“Essentially, we’re the reason he was here, because if we hadn’t ordered the pizza, he wouldn’t be over here,” said a man who asked KPRC2 to conceal his identity. “We are really taking it hard being that (my wife) had just interacted with the guy. I watched them run away, but every time the officers asked, ‘What did they have on?’ I cannot remember. It really hurt me."

Another neighbor said she heard the gunfire.

“I heard one gunshot. It was pretty loud. It sounded like it was right outside my window,” said neighbor Nicole Morales. “I did hear just a yell.”  

Deputies are still working to learn more details about the shooting. 

Takakura has worked for Papa John's for 3 1/2 years and was delivering from the store on FM 1960 and Aldine Westfield.

Keith Sullins, president of Papa John's Houston, released a statement that read:

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident involving one of our valued delivery drivers. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials as their investigation continues.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and team members. We will support the family during this difficult time and plan to pay for his funeral services."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Harris County Homicide Division at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for any information that could lead to charges or the arrest of the gunmen

 

 

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