Ice Cream Truck Driver Shot in Face By BB or Pellet Gun Recovering
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An ice cream truck driver said Wednesday he will return to work despite being shot multiple times in the face by some sort of a BB or pellet gun.
Patrick Schramke said he’s been driving ice cream trucks for two years and has never experienced what happened to him on Tuesday. He said a group tried to rob him on a familiar route in Blue Springs.
He has multiple wounds on his face that required stitches. There’s even one on his ear, where a pellet is still lodged and wounds on his arm and side.
The 47-year-old says three men flagged him down, looking like they wanted to buy ice cream. But instead, he said one of the men went through the driver side door with a gun.
“Demanding my money and he started shooting right away,” Schramke said.
They couldn’t get to the money because Schramke said he fought back. He even drove after the men until he realized he was bleeding from the face.
“I didn’t know for sure what kind of gun it was. All I was doing was hearing the pops and trying to duck,” he said.
Police later said Schramke’s wounds were caused by some sort of BB or pellet gun.
Schramke works for KC Ice Cream Company in Kansas City, Mo. He said he will return to work because he has to for his family. He said they might be evicted from their home because they are three months late in rent.
“Financially, I’ve almost got no choice but to go back,” he said.
But Schramke said at least he’ll go back to serving caring customers, many of whom witnessed what happened and shared that information with police.
“I really appreciate the support from my customers out there,” he said wiping away tears.
Blue Springs police said a man arrived at their headquarters around 6 p.m. Tuesday, saying he wanted to turn himself in. They said this man was also driving a car the police had been looking for. Police are questioning two adults and two juveniles in all.
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