Pizza shop employee shot in 38th St. parking lot

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A Domino's Pizza employee was shot in the parking lot while leaving work early Thursday morning. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Indianapolis Metro Police at the scene told Eyewitness News that three employees were leaving work in 500 block of East 38th Street around 2:30 a.m. when several people - perhaps as many as five - approached them in the parking lot in an attempted robbery. The suspects opened fire on the employees, according to police.

One male worker was shot in the upper chest. He was identified as Howard Walton, 50. He is expected to survive his injury.

The suspects got away with the bag of money. No arrests have been made so far.

The restaurant was back open Thursday afternoon.

Police have not given any description of the suspects beyond that they were all in their early twenties and wore hoodies. They fled on foot heading southbound on Central Avenue.

Police say people who work late hours in public places can try to avoid becoming a victim by making some small, but important, changes.

"You definitely want to change up your routine if you're in one of these types of businesses - you're delivering pizzas or you're taking money from an establishment out on a nightly basis - change it up. Maybe you take it out earlier, whatever it is, change your routine," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.

Bailey this was likely a crime of opportunity and suggests that delivery drivers carry little or no cash.

Wednesday night robbery

Police are also looking for a group of armed robbers who held-up another pizza shop in Indianapolis.

It happened at the Pizza Hut in the 6100 block of West 10th Street on the city's west side.

Investigators say five men walked into the restaurant at around 10:30 pm Wednesday night. One was armed with a handgun.

Two of the suspects jumped over the counter to get money. The men grabbed some cash out of the register and ran off.

Officers set up a perimeter, but weren't able to track them down. 

Police have not said if they believe the two incidents are connected.