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Man Driving Uber Car Fatally Shot In Lincoln Heights
A man driving an Uber car was shot multiple times and killed early this morning in Lincoln Heights. Police arrested four suspects about an hour later, who were seen fleeing the scene, according to the L.A. Times.
While we don't yet know whether or not the man was officially an on-the-clock Uber driver, the car he was driving did have an Uber sticker attached to the windshield. The victim is described simply as a 35-year-old Hispanic man. The coroner's office told LAist that his identity is being withheld, pending next-of-kin notification.
What we do know, is that at around 2:12 a.m., LAPD responded to a shots-fired call on N. Broadway Avenue, at its intersection with Griffin Avenue. When police arrived, they found the man bleeding inside a crashed Toyota sedan. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to CBS Los Angeles, a preliminary LAPD investigation indicates that the man was shot after suspects pulled to the side of the victim's car and fired eight rounds at him before fleeing.
Police at the scene noticed four people, two men and two women, leaving in a silver SUV. California Highway Patrol officers chased the car for nearly an hour until it stopped in Hacienda Heights. When it did, CHP officers took the four occupants into custody.
While the the shooting is still under investigation, LAPD Capt. Edward Pape told KTLA that the four people apprehended from the SUV are gang members, which means the incident could be gang-related.
Last year, an Uber driver was shot (but not killed) in Venice, after a gunman targeted the passengers he was driving. While neither passenger was hit, the driver was hospitalized.
Uber has not yet released a statement on this morning's shooting.