Two men sought after shooting a taxi driver

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 13th, 2014) – Two men are accused of shooting an Indianapolis Yellow Cab driver on the city’s northwest side Monday night.

“We feel like it’s a total senseless act of violence that occured last night,” said Indianapolis Yellow Cab Operations Manager Tim Neville.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the entrance of the Abney Lakes Apartment Complex, which is near Sherburne Lane and Guion Road, not far from West 38th Street and I-65, around 10:50 p.m. with reports of a person shot.

The 34-year-old driver was taken to Eskanazi Hospital with gunshot wounds to the torso and face, police said.

Police said the driver picked up two males, who asked to be taken to West 38th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Street. A short time after being in the car, police said one of the males asked the driver to stop. The suspect shot the victim and then fled the car. The other suspect also shot the driver and fled the cab, said police. There were no demands for money.

“We’re upset, we’re angry,” Neville said. “The drivers that are with us are like family to us.”

Neville told Fox59 the driver, who’s name was not being released to the public Tuesday afternoon, had been upgraded to stable condition.

Although there have been several taxi drivers robbed at gunpoint in recent months, Monday night’s shooting instantly brought back painful memories from more than seven years ago.

“This is the first driver that we’ve had that was actually shot while working since 2006,” Neville recalled. That was the August 2006 murder of taxi driver Clarence (Chip) Hoosier on Indianapolis’ east side.

“We know there are people out there that will know these individuals by seeing these pictures out there,” Neville said.

If you have any information regarding the suspects, please contact Det. Chester Gooch at 317-327-3843. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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