A livery cab driver was fatally shot in the head during an early morning carjacking yesterday in the Bronx. It's the second murder of a livery cab driver in that borough in roughly a week. According to an NYPD release, the victim, a 62-year-old man, was murdered in his car at around 6 a.m. in front of 735 Bryant Avenue in Hunts Point.
Surveillance video released by the NYPD shows four possible suspects running from the victim's car. An NYPD spokesperson said that the two shown in the beginning of the footage may have donned sweatshirts before the second portion of the video.
The Post is reporting that the victim was "set up" by his passenger: "[The victim] had just chauffeured the man to the 700 block of Bryant Ave in Longwood about 6 a.m. when the thug shot him once in the back of the head, sources said."
“They threw this guy to the ground like he was garbage,” a source told the Post. “They just left him there for dead in the middle of the street.”
The carjackers then sped off in the Toyota Camry, which was found nearby. The victim's name is being withheld by the police pending family notification, but the Post identifies him as Aboubacar Bah, who worked for 30 years at Webster Car Service in Tremont.
“He was an awesome driver. He was out there every night, working the graveyard shift all the time,” his manager said. “He was outgoing, very funny and young at heart.”
Last week, a 49-year-old livery cab driver was fatally shot in the head shortly after 5:25 a.m. The victim's identity is being withheld pending family notification.
If you have information concerning either shooting, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or submit a tip on their website. All calls are confidential.