The Chapel Hill community is coming together to support Robert Perry, a delivery driver for Insomnia Cookies on Franklin Street who was left paralyzed after being robbed and shot in December.
Perry was out for a late-night delivery when he was approached by another car and three individuals who then shot him multiple times and stole his car, according to a Facebook post from his brother, Ryan Perry.
Ran Northam, interim communications manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, said Orange County Emergency Services were in the area at the time of the incident and were the first to arrive on the scene.
Perry was then rushed to UNC Hospitals where he received emergency surgery to repair his punctured lung, according to the Facebook post. A bullet that impaled Perry's spine was unable to be removed.
Co-workers of Perry have set up a GoFundMe to provide further help. The GoFundMe, set up with a goal of $5,000, has now reached over $49,000 in donations.
Susan Coe, Perry's co-worker and the GoFundMe organizer, said while Insomnia is paying his medical bills, it was her hope that the fundraiser would go above and beyond its goal of $5,000 as Perry will still need to pay his household bills while out of work and possibly buy a new car.
Hibachi & Co. on Franklin Street has also supported Perry by posting flyers with a link to the GoFundMe page. Kevin Griffin, an employee at the restaurant, said the amount of customers who stop to read the message about Perry is amazing.
Griffin said he didn't expect to hear of a driver getting shot and robbed, especially in the Chapel Hill area.
“The only thing we can do to help him is continue to support the GoFundMe, support Insomnia and try to band together instead of hurting each other,” Griffin said.