Only On Fox: Another Cabbie Shot, Ramsey Meets With Cab Drivers - FOX 35 News Orlando

Only On Fox: Another Cabbie Shot, Ramsey Meets With Cab Drivers To Discuss Safety

Posted: Updated:
GERMANTOWN -

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't have to do it,"

Cab drivers across the city like Steve Tyler are on edge after another cabbie was robbed and shot overnight. This time it was a 53 yr old cab driver in Germantown who was held up at gunpoint inside his cab and shot in the arm at Chew Avenue and Hortter Street.

"Being a cab driver in Philadelphia is like the second most dangerous job next to being a police officer," Tyler told Fox 29.

The cab driver tried to drive himself to the hospital, but police saw his car weaving and raced him to Einstein Hospital.. The gunman got away. Police sources say this is the third cab driver robbed and shot in a week. Two so called "hack" cabbies were stuck up and shot in the 24th and 25th districts last week.

"When you walk out of the house, you know something could possibly happen," Tyler explained.

The latest shooting come just 3 weeks after 33 yr. old cab driver Hafiz Safaraz was murdered.   A fare got out of his cab in Cobbs Creek and opened fire through the passenger window, killing Safaraz. He left a wife and 7 yr old daughter behind.

"We just want to make sure we take whatever steps we can to keep them safe. It's a tough job," Commissioner Charles Ramsey told Fox 29.

Tuesday afternoon, cab drivers met with Commissioner Ramsey to discuss better ways to protect cabbies, including a new on-board camera system now being installed in All City Cab Company cabs like this one.

"It's a link with the satellite and everything will be recorded in our office," said a supervisor for All City Cab Co. "Plus we have a chip in there. When you sit in the cab it snaps your photo. It is very important for the safety of the drivers, that's why we are trying to introduce this camera."

There was no protective shield between the driver and the gunman in the overnight shooting. Detectives processed the cab for the gunman's finger prints. They're also looking for surveillance video of the shooting.

There are no new leads in the murder of cab driver Hafiz Safaraz.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • 1 Injured After Skydiving Accident In New Jersey

    1 Injured After Skydiving Accident In New Jersey

    1 Injured After Skydiving Accident In New Jersey

    Sunday, April 20 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:46:17 GMT
    A person was injuredafter askydiving accident in Gloucester, Washington Township on Sunday afternoon.Police say the parachute did not open. The person landed on Tuckahoe Road right across from the United Artists movie theatre, which is about a half mile from Cross Keys Airport.Police are currently on the scene still investigating.Stay with Fox 29 for any updates on this story.
    A person was injuredafter askydiving accident in Gloucester, Washington Township on Sunday afternoon.Police say the parachute did not open. The person landed on Tuckahoe Road right across from the United Artists movie theatre, which is about a half mile from Cross Keys Airport.Police are currently on the scene still investigating.Stay with Fox 29 for any updates on this story.
  • Police Search For Man In Collingdale Hit-And-Run

    Police Search For Man In Collingdale Hit-And-Run

    Sunday, April 20 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:44:03 GMT
    A man was struck by a SUV in Collingdale early Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of a hit and run on the 900 block of Bedford Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a Range Rover crashed into a Chrysler 300 and a man was also laying the lawn of 919 Bedford Avenue covered in blood. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. He is in surgery with severe head and severe lower b...
    A man was struck by a SUV in Collingdale early Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of a hit and run on the 900 block of Bedford Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a Range Rover crashed into a Chrysler 300 and a man was also laying the lawn of 919 Bedford Avenue covered in blood. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. He is in surgery with severe head and severe lower b...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices