Fresno Lyft driver shot in attempted carjacking

Crime

Police said the Lyft driver also had a handgun and fired a round at the suspects

UPDATE: A previous version of this story stated the victim was a Uber driver because of information given by officers. However, Uber officials clarified the victim is a Lyft employee.

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A Lyft driver was shot early Sunday morning in central Fresno in an attempted carjacking after dropping off a passenger.

Officers responded to the area of Shields and Valentine avenues around 3:11 a.m. for reports of a shooting victim. They found the victim and rendered first aid.

The victim told officers that he was approached by three unknown suspects as he was dropping off a rider, police said. One of the suspects demanded the victim’s vehicle.

At some point one of the suspects then pulled a handgun and shot the victim, police said. The victim also had a handgun and fired a round at the suspects.

Police said that they were not sure if the Lyft driver’s bullets hit the carjackers.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction and are currently on the loose.

The victim was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment and is listed as stable, police said.

Detectives from the street violence bureau are working the case.

Lyft sent the following statement regarding the incident:

“What’s being reported is terrifying. While this incident did not occur on platform we have reached out to the driver to extend our support, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.”

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