Sheriff says Lyft driver shot by passenger while attempting robbery in northern Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – A Lyft driver was hospitalized after being shot during an attempted robbery in northern Harris County, according to authorities.

According to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the shooting happened Monday night at 400 W. FM 1960, near the North Freeway.

The driver picked up a passenger, and at some point, the passenger jumped into the front seat, demanded money and shot the driver in the hand, according to the sheriff’s office.

After shooting, the suspect fled the scene on foot. Meanwhile, the victim drove down a few blocks and flagged down one of the deputies at a traffic stop for help. The driver was then taken to the hospital and is said to be stable, according to the sheriff’s office.

This is not the only recent armed robbery involving a shared car driver.

Earlier this month, on November 13, an Uber driver dropped off two passengers when they asked the driver to stop at a location before their intended destination.

“They showed a gun, robbed the driver and stole his car,” Gonzalez said.

The vehicle was later discovered near Westheimer. After a brief chase, the suspects crashed their vehicle in an apartment complex in 9800 Meadowglen neighborhood and evaded arrest.

Three suspects aged 18, 17 and 14 have been detained.

Houston police have filed charges related to the evasion aspect of the arrest but more charges are expected.

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