The driver of a black SUV was shot in the head in Astoria, Queens early Friday morning and rammed into a utility pole, according to the NYPD. The driver was reportedly making a pickup for a livery service when he was shot, but the Taxi and Limousine Commission could not immediately confirm if the driver was registered with a platform. He remains in critical condition.
Police responded to the intersection of 35th Street and 37th Avenue shortly before 5:00 a.m. on Friday. There, they discovered the unidentified driver slumped in the front seat with a bullet wound to the head. The front end of his Ford Explorer was crushed, apparently after striking a utility pole. There were no suspects on the scene, and the driver was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital.
ABC reports that the driver may have been picking up patrons at a nearby nightclub, and that one of the would-be passengers shot him before fleeing. The SUV did not have registered TLC plates. It was not immediately clear if the driver was an intentional target.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.