Lyft passenger shot, police still looking for gunman


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police are looking for multiple people after they say someone shot at a Lyft driver and passenger in east Austin late Tuesday night, hitting the passenger.

APD driving by in the area (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

Austin Police initially said the driver worked for Uber, but the driver confirmed he worked for Lyft.

The driver tells KXAN his passenger was bruised but otherwise okay. The driver was not hit.

The driver said he went to pick up the passenger at 11:26 p.m. and had taken a right on to Webberville Road. He had just passed a black Jeep Cherokee in the middle of the road when he saw a hand go out of the window and heard gunshots.

He said he drove up Webberville to 12th Street before stopping at a Super 8 Motel.

The driver heard four shots, and two hit his car. He says a bullet went through the back of the trunk and then went through the back of the passenger seat. He said the bullet left a welt on his passenger.

“I heard four shots. The second or the third one that’s when I heard my passenger in the backseat say I’m hit, I’m shot,” the driver said. “EMS asked me if she’s bleeding. I asked her, she said no. It confused me for a second. Then I looked at her again I said you’re not bleeding, she said no. I’m have the bullet in my hand. She had the bullet in her hand.”

A second bullet put a hole in his gas tank.

The driver told KXAN that police told him they suspect this was an attempted carjacking and the shooter got mad when the driver did not stop.

The driver is having second thoughts about driving for a rideshare company now.

“I’m really thinking about maybe, Lyft isn’t the job for me, especially in these crazy times. And maybe just going back and working the 9-5 job again. But I enjoyed working for Lyft. It’s great,” he said.

Lyft’s insurance carries a $2,500 deductible that falls on the burden of the driver. He doesn’t have $2,500 and is afraid he won’t be able to get his car fixed and continue working, so he set up a GoFundMe account if anyone wants to help him out.

Police tell us they would not classify this shooting as a drive-by shooting at this point, but they did not have any information beyond that.

A witness who heard the shooting did believe it was possibly a drive-by shooting. He said he heard seven or eight shots and saw a car. He said one of the bullets hit a neighbor’s home.

Police say the shooting happened Tuesday around 11:30 p.m. on Webberville Road near Thompson Street. That’s near Austin Community College’s Eastview campus.

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