Source: Amber Crawford
FOX 29 reporter, Steve Keeley, explains the events of Monday’s incident in the above YouTube video. When talking about the Lyft driver’s concealed carry permit, he says “you would think every Lyft driver and Uber driver who doesn’t want to die on the job would have that as well”.
In a statement from Philadelphia PD’s Chief Inspector Scott Small, he expresses how fortunate the victim was to have had a weapon on him for protection. “Fortunately, our… victim wasn’t shot because he had a rifle put to him,” said Small, “and our Lyft driver had a weapon that he used and shot both of the perpetrators.”
It is becoming increasingly important for delivery/transportation drivers to have personal protection against the all too common carjackings that are taking place. “[T]his case again illustrates why so many delivery drivers, food delivery drivers, … Uber and Lyft drivers are all running to gun stores and getting legal guns because this is what’s happening on a daily basis all around the country,” said Keeley.
The frequency of these types of attacks is not overstated by Keeley, and the very next night another attempted carjacking took place in Philadelphia. This time the victim was an Uber driver, and the driver was shot in the back. Fortunately, the injuries sustained by the victim were not fatal.
As carjackings continue to make these bold attacks, it is increasingly important for these drivers to have weapons not only for personal protection but also to protect their passengers and nearby civilians.