LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - An Uber driver said he is thankful to be alive after one of his customers shot at his vehicle during a dropoff in Lauderhill.
The shooting happened along Northwest 49th Avenue and 24th Court at around 2 a.m., Thursday.
“I’m grateful that I’m still alive,” said the victim, Jorge Tanchez.
Tanchez said he picked up the subject in Fort Lauderdale.
While he was dropping him off in Lauderhill, the victim, said, the passenger pulled out a gun and demanded he hand over his wallet.
Instead, Tanchez said, the two of them struggled.
“I just told him, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, exit my car,’ and he was backing up from the car, and I just started driving,” said Tanchez. “He shot two times.”
Tanchez was not injured.
Police continue to search for the shooter.
“I forgive him, but he could do something better with his life, you know?” said Tanchez.
An Uber spokesperson said the company’s app has a number of safety features that drivers can use when they’re in some sort of trouble. The spokesperson said they’re in contact with Tanchez to make sure he’s OK, and they’re working with police to provide anything they can to help them in their investigation.
If you have any information on this shooting and attempted robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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