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Pizza driver recovering after getting shot during robbery

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Gustavo Gutierrez Escoria Gustavo Gutierrez Escoria
Humberto Gutierrez, the victim's son. Humberto Gutierrez, the victim's son.
Gustavo Gutierrez Escoria's car. Gustavo Gutierrez Escoria's car.
Silvia Gutierrez, the victim's daughter Silvia Gutierrez, the victim's daughter

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The family of a Pizza Hut delivery man is in disbelief after he was shot four times while working on Saturday.

Gustavo Gutierrez-Escoria was delivering pizza in the area of Southwest 200th Street and Southwest 123rd Drive when he was shot four times. The daughter of the victim said she has been by his side since Sunday morning and he is doing much better.

Silvia Gutierrez said, "It's unreal that this occurs, and my father has been in the trade for years. It was just making a living."

She and her family were expecting her father to come home around 1:30 that morning. She said they were waiting for him to celebrate her brother's birthday but instead, they received a devastating phone call. "We just wanted to know if he was alive or not. That was pretty much it," said Humberto Gutierrez, the victim's son. "I didn't even think about my birthday or anything. It was just your father, you know?"

His father called him from Kendall Regional Medical Center saying he had been shot. "He's an awesome father, awesome grandfather; he's a hardworking fellow. He's always been," said Humberto.

Gutierrez-Escoria was robbed and shot several times over a few bucks. "Two guys with masks ... came out of nowhere, running towards him, and without no warning, they just shot at him," said Humberto. "The first [bullet] struck him on the shoulder. As he was driving off, they kept on shooting at him. They broke the back window of [his car]."

Bleeding from gunshot wounds, he drove back to work and his coworkers called 911. He was later airlifted to the hospital.

Aron Reid, the manager of the Pizza Hut said, "He's just a normal person. He's just trying to, you know, make some money to feed his family."

Late Saturday night, investigators looked for clues. His family can't believe that he was almost killed for $50. "They have no respect of life," said Humberto. "Fifty bucks but whatever."

"I'm all right. I'm just concerned about his recovery now, " said Silvia. "Heovercomed the braveness. He's alive, and we're grateful for that."

No arrests have been made.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.


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