Pizza parlors fined for not reporting fatal shootings

By The Associated Press

GARY — State regulators have fined two Gary pizza parlors for failing to report the on-the-job shooting deaths of two delivery drivers slain last fall during armed robberies in the northwestern Indiana city.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Rico's Pizza $750 and Luigi’s Pizzeria $1,500 for not reporting the shooting deaths, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Under the law, any employee death that results from “a work-related incident" must be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Phillip Hearne, 60, of Gary was shot to death in his vehicle during an Oct. 26 robbery while making a delivery for Rico’s Pizza, according to a state safety order. No arrests have been made in his killing.

David J. Shelton, 30, of Portage was fatally shot on Nov. 24 in a botched robbery while making a delivery for Luigi’s Pizzeria. Two Gary men have been charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in his killing.

Hearne and Shelton were shot while on the job in Gary’s Glen Park neighborhood.

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