In February 2021, a Chicago rideshare driver was shot multiple times while sitting in his car. Now, months later, a 15-year-old has been arrested for the alleged attempted murder.
The rideshare driver, Marcus Kelley, had worked as a Lyft driver for nearly three years when the attack happened on February 27. He was shot twice, once in the face and once in the shoulder. One of the bullets lodged in his neck. As a result, Kelley is now paralyzed.
According to police, the incident that resulted in the shooting was a “carjacking gone wrong.” Kelley was at the intersection of Jackson and Pulaski in the West Garfield Park area when a group of teens confronted him. He attempted to flee the scene before being shot.
While police are still searching for other suspects, an unnamed 15-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of attempted murder. He is due to appear in juvenile court. At this time, it’s unknown if anyone else will be charged for the crime, but police estimate five or six people were involved in the shooting.
Lyft has not released any statements regarding the incident. Kelley’s family, however, spoke with 5 Chicago, saying that they don’t hold a grudge against the teens and are focusing on moving forward and adapting to a new way of life: “I’m glad to be home, especially to my mom and brother. With all my medical issues right now, I’m just really worried about getting better.”
This is just one of the most recent carjacking incidents involving a rideshare driver in Chicago. Incidents have been on the rise, and drivers are looking for their rideshare companies to take action and implement policies or programs to protect drivers.
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