An Atlanta woman seven months pregnant was forced to give birth prematurely after she was shot three times, including twice in the stomach, by a man who identified himself as an Uber driver, her relatives say.
According to her father Kenneth Anderson, the 37-year-old woman was injured after hiring a taxi worker around 10 p.m. Saturday to take her from a friend’s house to her father’s College Park apartment.
As they drove to their destination, she asked the driver why his car was different from the one listed on the app, and this led to a heated argument that soon escalated into violence, Anderson told 11 Alive.
“She said, ‘He got wiser with me and I got wiser with him,'” Anderson said, recounting his daughter’s version of events. “We’ve been arguing from the moment he picked me up until now.”
He then shot her in the stomach and once in the thigh, family members say. It is not clear whether the woman was shot while she was in the car, or whether the driver got out of the car at the time of the shooting.
She and the newborn, her first child, survived the ordeal and are recovering in the hospital. The woman’s name has not been released for privacy reasons.
Police are still looking for the suspect in the shooting.
A woman was forced to give birth to her baby two months prematurely after she was shot twice by a man who identified himself as an Uber driver.
Kenneth Anderson said he returned home from work shortly before the shooting and began to panic after his daughter was injured. “It’s like I passed out and tried to hold on,” he said.
The victim was shot outside his father’s apartment shortly after he returned home from work.
“It’s like I passed out and tried to hold on,” he said. “I was furious. I must have dialed 911 times 10. I kept screaming.
“When the police arrived, I started yelling at them, telling them to come and get medical help.”
According to him, they were taken to the hospital and are now in a stable condition.
He does not reveal his daughter’s name because the shooter remains at large and he said he feared for her safety.
“What made him jump out of the car and shoot her, knowing she was pregnant?” he said. “Even if it wasn’t… it’s still in my head.”
Uber said in a statement that the driver was disconnected from its platform, but did not confirm if he was the person tasked to drive the victim through its app.
“The details surrounding the horrific act of violence against a rider and her newborn are nauseating and we think of them as they recover,” the company said.
“We are ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation.”
College Park Police did not respond to on Tuesday about whether the shooter had been arrested.
The shooting occurred near the College Park, Atlanta apartment complex after the woman was dropped off at around 10 p.m. Saturday.
This case is the latest case of violence related to sharing platforms.
Mother-of-four and Uber driver Cristina Spicuzza, 38, was shot dead on Feb. 10 in a botched robbery. She was captured on dash cam footage begging for her life before she was killed.
A transcript of her requests was released in a criminal lawsuit against alleged killer Calvin Crew of Penn Hills, 22, on charges of murder, robbery and tampering with evidence.
The video of their meeting has not yet been released. Crews is a former prisoner who was arrested and released on bail on charges of possession of a firearm a few days before Spicuzza’s murder.
Calvin Crew, 22, allegedly shot 38-year-old Uber driver Christina Spicuzza in the back of the head after booking a ride with her on Feb. 10.
Spicuzza was captured on dashcam footage begging for her life before she was killed.
Meanwhile, New Orleans police say they are investigating what happened to a 21-year-old college student who died shortly after being dumped in the hospital six hours after riding an Uber alone.
Siaya Jordan Whetstone, a business management associate at the University of New Orleans, was rushed to a New Orleans hospital at 7 a.m. Saturday and died an hour later.
However, Don Gegenheimer, her colleague and friend, stated in a Facebook post that it was the minibus driver who took Weston to the hospital and left her there.
“My beautiful friend died because she got into an Uber last night,” Gegenheimer wrote.
And on March 29, 2019, 21-year-old University of South Carolina (USC) student Samantha Josephson was killed after getting into a fake Uber and receiving about 120 stab wounds.
Siaya Jordan Whetstone, 21, a business administration student at the University of New Orleans, was taken to a local hospital early Saturday morning and later died of an unknown cause.