NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police said a livery cab driver was in critical condition Thursday night after being shot by a passenger during an attempted robbery in the Bronx.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on East 163rd Street and Prospect Avenue.

Police said the passenger fled a Lincoln Town Car after shooting 64-year-old Julio Lora in the head and taking $71. The suspect was grabbed and held by good Samaritans after he tried to rob a passer-by, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones hears from the victim’s son at Lincoln Hospital

Police said the 29-year-old suspect was taken into custody at the scene and a firearm was recovered. No other details were given.

New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo visited the driver in the hospital Thursday night and called the shooting “crazy and unacceptable.”

“We’d like to thank those heroes that held the guy that shot Mr. Lora until the police came to the scene,” Mateo said.

Lora, a husband and father of seven, remains hospitalized at Lincoln Hospital.

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