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Neighbors of shooting victim 'devastated' by pizza delivery incident

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A day after the incident, we are hearing from friends of the delivery driver who was shot on the campus of East Stroudsburg University.

The victim is fighting for his life, while the three suspects in the case face attempted homicide charges.

"Devastating. His daughter came to the house yesterday morning and was hysterical," said Aida Guevara.

Guevara of East Stroudsburg is still processing the news that her neighbor --Domino's Pizza delivery driver Richard Labar-- is in critical condition after being shot in the face while making a delivery early Monday morning.

Guevara says Labar has been on the job for several months earning extra cash for Christmas presents.

"Sometimes he would even deliver to his house. His granddaughter would come out and say 'Pop here is the money,'" she added.

But police say Monday morning a request for cash had a nefarious ultimatum that led to the 58-year-old being shot in the right eye with a sawed off shotgun.

Three people including a teenager are charged with attempted homicide and robbery. 17-year-old Israel Berrios, his girlfriend 30-year-old Carolina Carmona and her brother, 21-year-old Salvador Roberts are all behind bars without bail.

Police say Carmona made the bogus call at 1:10 a.m. to Domino's for a delivery to the ESU Army Recruitment office.

On arrival, Berrios allegedly shot Labar before taking $100.

The trio were picked up later that night after police saw a taxi pull into Berrioses neighborhood.

Surveillance video of the apartment complex was also used, according to police.

Police say the teen has been on their radar and is a suspect for a similar-style robbery of a Domino's driver back in November.

"He is my friend, he didn't deserve this," said neighbor Luis Colon.

The shooting has also made an impact on campus. Sorority Lambda Iota has started a GoFundMe page that has raised nearly $2,000 to help with medical costs.

The three suspects are due back in court later this month.
 


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