One would think delivering pizza to be a relatively safe job.
That was not the case for Jose Alvarado, though. He was shot to death outside the Papa John’s store where he worked on Wednesday night.
The horrifying and apparently unprovoked attack was caught on video by surveillance cameras.
The attack took place around 10:30 p.m. on Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem.
The suspect in the video is the man wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap approaching Alverado, who is the man fidgeting with the bicycle.
Sadly, Alverado, 37, did not survive the attack.
He was pronounced dead at a local hospital soon after the attack.
On the Run
The suspect immediately fled the scene and is still at large.
The NYPD posted photos from the security cameras in hopes that the public can help identify Alverado’s attacker.
On August 29th at approximately 10:30 pm, this individual fatally shot a Papa John’s pizza deliveryman in front of 1709 Amsterdam Ave. We need your help identifying him. If you recognize him or have any information please call the 30th Pct. Sqd. at 212-690-8852. #wanted pic.twitter.com/xIpmgZMtzx
— NYPD 30th Precinct (@NYPD30Pct) August 30, 2018
It does not appear to be a robbery, as nothing was taken from Alverado after the shooting.
Police stated that at this time they are investigating several theories as to why the man shot Alverado.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea stated, “There’s a couple different theories that we have at this point that I won’t go into… it’s a little preliminary.”
From the video, it appears random, as Alverado was obviously caught off guard and had no reason to believe the man approaching him was going to shoot him.
Police are asking anyone with any information to contact the 30th Precinct.
The contact number to reach the police is 212-690-8852.