Lyft and Uber Drivers Injured in 2 Separate Philly Shootings

Two gig drivers were shot in separate incidents in Philadelphia Wednesday

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Both a Lyft driver and an Uber driver were injured in two separate shootings in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

A 20-year old passenger has just hopped into the car of a 46-year-old Lyft driver along the 100 block of North 63rd Street in West Philadelphia around 5:10 p.m. when a gunman opened fire from another car.

The Lyft driver was shot in the right thigh while the passenger was shot in the foot. Both men were taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and were listed in stable condition. 

There were numerous bullet holes in the passenger side of the Lyft driver's car. The shooter appeared to be in a blue or black car, Philadelphia police said.

The second shooting occurred along the 1700 block of North Taney Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia around 6:45 p.m. A 44-year-old Uber driver was driving when he heard several gunshots and saw that the passenger driver windows were shot out, police said.

The driver managed to get out of the car and sat on the sidewalk with his head bleeding, investigators said. The driver was shot twice on the left side of his head and once on the right side.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was listed in stable condition and even able to talk to investigators.

The driver told police that he saw a man in his 20s holding a gun near his car before the gunman ran off.

No arrests have been made in either shooting and police have not yet released information on any suspects.

As of Thursday morning, there were at least 350 homicides in Philadelphia -- up 19% from the same time last year -- which was one of the deadliest on record in the city’s history.

City leaders are hoping more funds can help stem the violence. The new city budget allocates nearly $156 million on anti-violence measures, $22 million of which will go toward the Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program. The program is designed to provide funds to organizations working toward reducing violent crime in the city.

District Attorney Larry Krasner announced last week that another $254,000 in grants would be given to ten anti-violence groups in the city. Since May, the city’s violence prevention grant funding has totaled more than $490,000.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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