NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says a man who was found shot to death in a car near Rockaway Park in Queens was a livery cab driver.

Driver Patrick Hall was found in a Crown Victoria around 7:30 a.m. Sunday having been shot in the back of the head.

Fernando Mateo, spokesman for the NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers, is asking that anyone with information on shooting call the police and said the tragedy highlights the dangers cab drivers face .

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

“Don’t wait a day. Don’t wait two days,” Mateo said.  “And we would like those images distributed to the bases in the area so that our drivers can also know not to pick up the person or suspect that killed this man. Instead they can call the police and they can arrest him.”

LISTEN: WCBS 880 spoke with Mateo on the investigation

“Extremely dangerous to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs, and if their car isn’t properly equipped with a partition, a GPS system, it makes it that much more dangerous. A camera cannot stop a bullet. A bullet-proof partition can hopefully save your life,” Mateo said.

“Streets in Manhattan are very well lit. There are lots of patrol cars most of the time in the street. When you go to boroughs like Brooklyn and the Bronx that are huge and have a lot of desolated, small, dark streets, that is where the criminals basically take you in order to execute you,” he added.

Police are investigating the shooting, but Mateo was disappointed in the initial response.

“If the driver had a camera in the car, we know that there are images there than can be downloaded so that we can see who the suspect is. I reached out to the detectives at the 101st Precinct to offer them assistance in downloading those images immediately, and the detective simply hung up the phone on me,” Mateo said.

A $1,000 reward has been posted in the case.

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  1. OneMan says:

    Black thugs crawl the streets in Queens and they will kill you for a thrill. If you live there and drive a taxi, better have a camera so we can all watch your murder on video.

    Let me point out the obvious. Send in the storm troopers and begin exterminating the thugs and Queens might have a future yet.

  2. inessa says:

    Im so sorry to his family to his beautiful daughter and children. Im soo deeply sorry. This man is in heaven, and he will always watch over his family. Please this is to the family. Keep ur head high stay strong. Make something great of ur selves. Find good careers, go to school. Learn and grow to b successful. Who ever did this. I hope u know that it is the end for u in this world. Wen u die, who ever did this, just know ur going to HELL. The fires in hell will torture u for ever and there is no diying in HELL, if they cant find u on earth god will find u wen u in HELL that’s were ur going straight. I cant wait for that moment. I will pray for ur down fall this goes to who ever shot this poor hard working men. As to his family. Good things will come ur way. Please a msg from god stay strong.

  3. Tee says:

    What a shame. I know Patrick he was a real cool guy i use to always take his cab. He use to call my baby girl Mamma’s.. May god be with his family and his kids..

  4. Charlie says:

    What a freaking shame! Why kill the guy, just rob him and let him go! They need to euithanize people that do these types of things!!!! R.I.P.dude

  5. mike says:

    hh u r probably a single guy with a few friends maybe u live at home w ur mom. .. U probably have a good job. Paranoid? Conspiracy ?

  6. hh says:

    The FBI and DEA are using gang members and corrupt police to kill problem suspects.

    That is what happened to Erik Scott in Las Vegas and New York detectives Eppolito and Caraapppa where involved in for several corrupt D.O.J. employees. FBI and DEA where creating suspects to steal from and used these two to cover up evidence.

    1. Glenn says:

      What drugs are you using? Must be psychotropic ones.

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