EAST ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A taxi driver managed to drive himself to a police station to get help after he was shot in the face early Monday morning in New Jersey.
Elidieu Collin, 43, was shot after responding to a call for a pick-up at 1 Davis Place in East Orange around 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to his coworkers at Classic Taxi in Newark.
“All we know is that he showed up to the call, a few minutes later he gets shot,” operator Jodebska Valencia told CBS2’s Scott Rapoport.
Though badly wounded, coworkers said Collin was able to drive himself from Davis Place three blocks away to the police department on South Munn Street, where he recounted the shooting to officers.
“He consciously drove himself to the precinct,” Valencia said. “It’s a miracle. Everybody here is just astonished by what happened.”
The married father of four was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he underwent surgery.
Rapoport spoke to the victim’s wife at the hospital where said said her husband is out of surgery and is “going to be OK.”
“We’re just praying for him to get better,” Valencia said.
His family is stunned.
“I’m very hurt,” his twin brother, Elifaite Collin, told Rapoport. “I’m 100 percent shocked.”
He continued, “I’m hurt because I don’t have a chance to see him yet.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Police have yet to reveal more details about the shooting or any suspects.