Taxi driver shot in Hempstead

May 15, 2008 4:56:13 PM PDT
A taxi driver was shot in the face when gunfire broke out outside the LIRR station in Hempstead. The 38-year-old driver was shot outside the train station just before 1:30 a.m.

Police say the shooting took place in a case of road rage.

According to authorities, three cab drivers were blocking Columbia Street by the train station early Thursday. Police say a driver behind them became enraged, got out of his car, started screaming expletives, aimed a gun at one of the drivers and fired.

He then sped away in a gray Toyota Corolla. No arrests were immediately made.

The man was shot in the face and rushed to Winthrop Hospital for treatment. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

Co-workers at Taxi Latino in Hempstead said the victim was in surgery for facial injuries.

They identified him as Jorge, and said they did not know what led to the shooting.

One said it was possible the shooting was random.

Hempstead and MTA police responded to the scene, and searched for evidence around taxi cabs lined up in front of the train station.

Fellow drivers said they know the overnight hours are dangerous.

In April 2003, another Taxi Latino driver was shot following a pickup from the Hempstead Train Station. That driver was shot by a passenger and died at the hospital.