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Fresno ride-share driver shot during attempted carjacking, fired at suspects, cops say

A ride-share driver was wounded in what police described as an apparent gunfight with three would-be carjackers west of Highway 99 early Sunday morning.

The victim, whose name was not released, told police he had just dropped off a customer on Shields Avenue near Valentine Avenue when three people approached him just after 3 a.m. The group of three demanded the vehicle.

The driver pulled a gun from inside the car and fired at the suspects and one of them shot the driver before they all ran away, according to police.

Police declined to comment on the number of shots fired or to say whether the driver had a CCW permit for the gun.

The driver was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition Sunday night.

Police originally described the man driving for the ride-booking service as an Uber driver. However, late Sunday afternoon, Uber, in a statement to The Bee, said the victim does not drive with their company. He may work for another service, the company said.

Lyft told The Bee the man drove for the company but said he had logged out of the platform hours before the incident occurred.

“What’s being reported is terrifying. While this incident did not occur on platform we have reached out to the driver to extend our support, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation,” the company said in a statement to The Bee.

Police do not have a description of the suspects and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information can contact Fresno police at 559-621-7000.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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