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Teen shot in robbery of pizza driver

A pizza deliveryman fought off three robbers in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood late Thursday, shooting one of them twice in the back, Buffalo police said.

The confrontation occurred about 9:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Dartmouth Avenue.

"It was apparently an attempted robbery of a pizza deliveryman," said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. "He pulled up to the house, got out of the car and was walking up when the three suspects attempted to rob him."

At least one of the bandits had a gun. The deliveryman, from Tomatoes Pizza, 1393 Kensington Ave., also had a gun, according to reports, and turned the gun on the robbers, firing two shots that struck a 15-year-old male twice in the back.

The robbers fled to Shirley Avenue and the injured teenager was taken to the Erie County Medical Center with what police said were not life-threatening injuries.

The deliveryman escaped injury.

Northeast District police detectives were taking statements and piecing together details late Thursday night. Charges remained unclear.

Tomatoes Pizza is where deliveryman Michael J. Sutfin was fatally wounded during a robbery on New Year's Eve 1992. The two men responsible for the fatal shooting are currently serving life sentences in prison.

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