A Lyft driver and an Uber driver were injured in two separate shootings in Philadelphia. The shootings both took place on August 25.
The first incident involved a 46-year-old Lyft driver. A 20-year-old passenger entered the vehicle near the 100 block of North 63rd Street in West Philadelphia shortly after 5:00 p.m. when a shooter opened fire from another vehicle. The passenger was shot in the foot, and the driver was shot in the right thigh. Police are not aware of the shooter’s identity, but they appeared to be in a blue or black car.
The second shooting happened before 7:00 p.m. around the 1700 block of North Taney Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. A 44-year-old Uber driver heard several gunshots and noticed his passenger windows were shot out. The driver exited his vehicle and sat on the sidewalk until emergency responders arrived. He was shot twice on the left side of the head and once on the right. Police are also unaware of the shooter’s identity, but the driver told investigators he saw a man in his 20s holding a gun near his car.
At this time, all three victims are listed in stable condition. The Lyft driver and passenger were taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Uber driver was taken to Temple University Hospital. No arrests have been made.
This is not the first incident involving shootings in the area. In fact, homicides in Philadelphia are up 19 percent from last year—which was one of the deadliest years in city history.
Neither Uber nor Lyft responded to the incidents; however, city officials are looking to allocate funds to reduce the violence. The new city budget appears to allow $156 million on anti-violence measures and programs. Of that $156 million, $22 million will go toward the Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program, which is designed to provide funds to organizations looking to reduce violent crime in the city.
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