Taxi cab driver shot, Phoenix police investigating

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Video report by Marie Saavedra

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 5:12 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police officers in Phoenix are investigating the shooting of a taxi cab driver.

Apparently, the shooting occurred during an argument over a disputed fare. That is about the only thing the cab driver was able to tell police.

The shooting happened at about 5:00 a.m. at a hotel at 27th Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

The cab driver ended up in front of a convenience store that is across the street from the hotel. It looks like the cab driver drove to the convenience store looking for help.

Police said the cab driver was dropping off a couple at a Studio 6 Extended Stay hotel when he was shot.

The cab driver was shot in the face. Police said the suspects then went into the hotel to hide.

Police surrounded the hotel and brought in a canine unit. Officers set up a perimeter, closing 27th Avenue from Union Hills Drive to Bell Road.

Police have not located the suspects, but officers did put one man in the back of a police car.

Police have loosened the perimeter and they are allowing people to come and go, but they are searching every vehicle and talking to the occupants.

The cab driver was transported to a hospital where he has undergone surgery. He is expected to survive.

"Sounds like he was very lucky this morning as to how he was struck, but he is not talking with investigators at this point and so we still are working on very limited information," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

Police are hoping that as soon as the victim is able to talk they will be able to get more information about the incident and the suspects.

The suspects are being described as a black couple in their early twenties.

 

 

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