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Urban Street man pleads guilty to holding up, shooting at La Nova employees

A Buffalo man Thursday admitted robbing two La Nova Pizzeria employees at gunpoint last fall as they left the West Side restaurant with more than $5,700 to make a bank deposit.

He also admitted shooting at other employees who pursued him as he fled and who eventually caught him.

Terrance Price, 21, of Urban Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the Oct. 24 holdup outside the restaurant at West Ferry and Hampshire streets.

The two employees were robbed of a bag full of cash at about 9:30 a.m. in the restaurant’s parking lot as they headed for the bank, prosecutors said. When other employees gave chase, the robber started shooting.

But the employees continued to pursue him through back yards and over a fence until he fell on 18th Street where they held him for police, according to employees.

The money has not been recovered.

Price faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced May 28 by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Price has a previous conviction for robbery and corrupting a minor in Pennsylvania. At the time of the La Nova holdup, he was on probation in the Pennsylvania case after having served a year in prison, prosecutors said.