Miami cabbie shot during robbery attempt, drives to police station

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

Miami police are still searching for two suspects who shot a taxi driver in an early morning hold-up Tuesday.

Wounded in the back, cabbie Samson Tunde Ojo, then drove himself to the nearest police station.

The shooting happened about 6 a.m. when the cabbie, 63, a 20-year veteran, was called to a Miami address. Once there, a woman asked Ojo for a ride. As she and Ojo were talking, two men approached the driver and one pointed a gun to his head and demanded money, according to Miami police.

The suspects, described as being in their late teens or early 20s, took $29 from Ojo and ran away, but then one of the suspects fired a shot through the back window of the taxi, hitting the driver in the back.

Bleeding, Ojo decided to drive himself to the Miami police south district substation at West Flagler Street and 22nd Avenue, according to spokesman Kenia Reyes.

“We’ll see that on occasion, but we definitely tell people to stay on scene and call 911, so they don’t alter the scene,” Reyes said.

Ojo was taken by fire-rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he treated and released Tuesday afternoon.

He said that he took action out of necessity.

“I was thinking of my family, I can’t leave them behind without anything,” said Ojo outside the hospital.

The cab remained parked in front of the police station for several hours.

“It’s sad, it’s a very dangerous profession, but it’s the only way he knows how to survive,” said Ojo’s daughter Sheree.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this story.

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