Armed Uber driver turns tables on would-be carjacker
An Uber driver acted in self-defense when he opened fire Saturday on a carjacker in New Orleans, police said.
The 35-year-old male Uber driver, who police did not identify, had a 29-year-old female passenger in his car when the confrontation occurred at the intersection of North Rampart and Canal Street around 1:30 a.m.
Police said the driver was at a stoplight when a gunman got out of a nearby sedan and demanded that the Uber driver and his passenger get out of their vehicle. As the Uber driver was getting out, he grabbed a gun from his door and opened fire on the carjacker, The Times-Picayune reported.
A 29-year-old bystander suffered a graze wound from the gunfire and was treated at a nearby hospital.
NOPD Eighth District Cmdr. Nicholas Gernon said the suspect “made a motion” that caused the Uber driver to fear for his life, The Times-Picayune reported.
Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms in a vehicle, The Times-Picayune noted. It was not
clear whether the driver would keep his job.