A Newberry County taxicab driver was shot and critically wounded Monday night after picking up a fare. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says investigators are looking for 2 black males that called In the fare shortly before the cab driver disappeared.
“At approximately 11 pm last night (Monday night) C & C Commute got a call to pick up a fare on Smith Road near Newberry Academy. The driver picked up two black males there close to Newberry Academy. Apparently they told him that they wanted to go to the Belfast Road which was documented on his trip log.”
The driver was found by deputies in ditch. He was shot twice. The taxi was later found abandoned seven miles away. The driver is currently in Columbia’s Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in critical condition. His identity has not been released.
Sheriff Foster says luckily a deputy that was in the area helping clear debris from the storm last night remembered seeing the taxicab in the area earlier that evening. “He went back to the area where he had previously seen the taxi and rode around a bit and eventually found the taxi driver in a ditch wounded. Other responding deputies found the taxi seven miles away abandoned on the Belfast Road near Belmont Church Road.
Foster says when the driver was discovered by authorities, he was in no condition to give any information concerning his attack or attackers. “The individual that was wounded was shot at least twice was mina-vac-ed to Richland Memorial Hospital. His condition as of this (Tuesday) morning is critical. He was not able at the time to provide us with any information regarding the nature of the suspects because of the nature of his wounds.”