NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a livery cab driver in the Bronx.
The 62-year-old driver was found shot in the head around 6 a.m. Tuesday on Bryant Avenue in Hunts Point, police said. His car was found abandoned on Underhill Avenue in Soundview, 1010 WINS reported.
The NYPD has released surveillance video of the suspects and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).
This is the second time in a week that a livery cab driver was killed in the Bronx.
Maoudo Kane, 49, was found shot once in the head in Co-Op City last Tuesday morning. Law enforcement sources told 1010 WINS that Kane’s cab was the suspected getaway car in a pair of armed robberies in Yonkers before it was abandoned near Yankee Stadium.
New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo said the murders had several factors in common, but the NYPD said they are not connecting the two shootings.
Mateo said there has been an uptick in violence against livery cab drivers and has requested a meeting with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to discuss the situation.
“We have not seen this kind of assault on our industry in the last decade, what is going on now? We need to turn the clock and we need to start doing what we were doing back then,” Mateo said Tuesday.
He would like to see more preventive measures taken, such as setting up roadblocks where police could check on livery cabs, but in the meantime he is urging livery cab drivers to remain vigilant and to not pick up illegal street hails.
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