Cab Driver Fatally Shoots Passenger and Injures Another After Dispute—Police

An Uber driver in Georgia allegedly fatally shot one person and critically injured another after arguing with several passengers during a journey in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred at around 5:00 a.m. at a Chevron gas station located at Piedmont Circle and Monroe Drive in northeast Atlanta, Georgia, according to a statement from the Atlanta Police Department.

The statement said that the driver, identified by police as Nigel Nembhard, got into an argument with three men in the back of his rideshare vehicle.

The dispute then escalated before Nembhard allegedly fatally shot one and critically injured another. A third passenger was uninjured in the incident and fled the scene on foot.

The two victims were found by police lying on the floor outside of the car suffering from gunshot wounds. The wounded passenger is recovering in a local hospital in a stable condition, according to NBC affiliate WXIA.

In a statement to Newsweek, Uber confirmed that Nembhard was working as one of its drivers and said that it has taken him off its app.

"What police are reporting is deeply concerning. We've deactivated the driver from the app and will work with law enforcement on their investigation," an Uber spokesperson said.

The police department has not yet revealed what caused the dispute, but Atlanta police Lt. Daniel Genson confirmed to WXIA that "at some point, there was an argument inside the vehicle with the driver," and said "that argument ultimately ensued to gunfire."

Two weapons, one that belonged to the driver, were recovered from the scene. Authorities are attempting to determine who the other gun belonged to.

The police said in the statement that Nembhard is cooperating with Homicide Unit detectives, who "are working to determine what led to the dispute."

Nembhard has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault and is currently in custody at the Fulton County Jail.

On May 31, an Uber driver was fatally shot when he was waiting to pick up customers in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Police said the incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. local time when a 39-year-old Uber driver accepted a request for a ride at 23rd Street and 55th Avenue in Cicero, Illinois, according to WGN 9 News.

Four people allegedly attempted to rob the driver when he arrived for the pickup, before then shooting him, the police said.

The Uber driver was transported to the Loyola Hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.

Newsweek has contacted the Atlanta Police Department for comment.

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Crime scene fenced with ribbons. A rideshare driver in Georgia allegedly killed one person and critically injured another after arguing with several passengers during a journey in the early hours of Wednesday June 24. StockSeller_ukr/iStock / Getty Images Plus