Restaurant owner shot and killed while making delivery with his wife

PATERSON, N.J. — A deliveryman was shot and killed early Thursday morning in Paterson, police said.

Police said Rui Zhou, 29, and his wife, also 29, were making the last food delivery of the night from the restaurant they owned when he was shot in his vehicle before crashing his car a short distance away.

Police responded to the scene at 404 East 34th St. at about 12:42 a.m. They found Zhou unresponsive in the driver's seat of his white Toyota Highlander. Zhou's wife, who was in the passenger's seat, was unharmed.

Zhou was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:09 p.m.

No arrests have been made.

The shoot is described as a black male, about 6 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and blue jeans, police said.

Zhou and his wife owned Ming's Kitchen at 500 Broadway in Paterson. The restaurant was not open for business on Thursday.

Employees who live upstairs from the restaurant were seen in front of Ming's but did not want to talk about what happened.

A former delivery driver who said his name is Chen said "everybody" is scared.

"You have to talk to the police to care of the area," he said. "It's no good."

This is the second shooting death of a delivery man in Passaic County in less than two weeks. On July 15,  a 27-year-old deliveryman was shot in Clinfton while he was on his way to deliver pizza in Passaic.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.