Thursday, February 22

Uber driver shot in Houston by rider after refusing to take rider to new destination

According to HPD, the incident happened just after 10 p.m. at the Shell Gas Station located at 2819 Quitman St. near the Eastex Freeway. Police say the Uber driver had two passengers in the backseat and he was transporting them to their destination after picking them up.

At one point, the riders requested that he take them to a new destination. The driver refused, pulled over at the Shell Gas Station, and asked them to leave the vehicle.
That is when police say the male rider, described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties with a goatee, between 5 foot 9 and 6 feet tall, decided to rob the driver instead.

The male then pointed a pistol at the driver’s hip and demanded his car and his cell phone. The driver refused. The male rider then shot him and fled the scene.

The Uber driver was then taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

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