CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A 46-year-old delivery man was fatally shot Monday night during a robbery attempt.

Police say Idrissa Derme was killed in the 900 block of Vanderwood Rd. in Catonsville.

Officers were called out to the scene at 8 p.m. for reports of a shooting, specifically about an unconscious man in the street.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There was police cars out here out. There was three police cars, ambulance, yellow tape all the way across,” said Charles Schaefer, a resident of Baltimore County.

Investigators say Derme was shot while delivering food for a local restaurant.

When the arrived, first responders found Derme but no suspect.

“He didn’t make it to that house where the food delivery was destined to go to. Right now, we have a lot more questions than we have answers,”

Detectives believe he was killed during a robbery.

“He is a great person, easy-going person. He don’t argue with anybody,” said Tony Ayyaz, Derme’s friend.

Ayyaz said Derme worked with him for a year and a half, but he left just two weeks ago for a delivery job after he received his license.

“If you want to rob him, you can rob him, if you want to take his money, or take his car, but at least don’t take nobody’s life,” Ayyaz said.

Ayyaz said the 46-year-old man was from the African country Burkina Faso.

Police said Derme was shot at least once. They are asking anyone with information to call police at (410) 307-2020. Callers can remain anonymous.

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