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Saturday, July 2, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announced that a local cab driver has been shot during an overnight incident and investigators are working diligently to find the two suspects.

Investigators believe at approximately 4:30 this morning, the male victim was shot shortly after picking up two males at 108 Bay Shell Drive, which is a vacant house. Investigators believe that the shooting may have occurred on the 3100 block of Hammond Avenue which is in the Belvedere Subdivision near West Beltline Boulevard and Farrow Road. After the shooting, the cabbie drove himself to a local hospital where he is said to be in critical condition.

This is the third similar incident involving two male suspects committing crimes against local cab drivers. CPD Investigators have been contacting and meeting with cab companies in the Columbia area to offer crime prevention and safety tips. CPD Investigators are also working to determine the motive of this recent incident.

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