Armed Uber driver turns ta­bles on would-be car­jacker

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Jessica Chas­mar

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.

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