Pizzeria Worker Shot, Killed in Attempted Robbery

His wife pleaded for witnesses or anyone with information to go to police.

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    A man who spent more than three decades working at a Newark pizza shop is dead, and now his wife is asking for help finding his killer. News 4's Jonathan Vigliotti reports. (Published Monday, Mar 5, 2012)

    Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a Newark, N.J. pizzeria that left a beloved father of six dead.

    A suspect walked into Golden Pizzeria and Grill at South Orange Avenue and South 11th Street at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday and demanded money from the cashier, police said.

    The victim, a 35-year worker at the family-owned pizzeria, tried to intervene and was shot twice in the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

    The victim was identified as 55-year-old Calvin Johnson. His youngest child is 10 years old.

    Johnson's wife, Nina Patton, was still in shock when she spoke to NBC New York Sunday morning.

    "He is now down in the morgue and I have to go down there at 10 to identify his body and gather his personal belongings," Patton said, her voice breaking. "He was my friend for a long time."

    "If anybody should see this and know any information of the young people who shot my husband... please, please call the police," she said.

    There was no immediate description of the suspect from police, and it was not clear whether there was more than one person involved.

    Police are investigating.