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Rideshare Driver Shot, Carjacked in Southeast DC

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A rideshare driver was shot in Southeast Washington, D.C., overnight by a man who stole his car, police said.

The shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, after the driver told police that he picked up a male passenger in Prince George’s County, according to a police report.

The passenger asked to go to an address on Bruce Place Southeast, near John Hayden Johnson Middle School, the police report said.

The rideshare driver picked up a male passenger overnight who asked to be taken from Prince George's County to Southeast D.C. and then pulled out a gun, police said. The driver was shot in the shoulder but is expected to survive..

At the drop-off location, the passenger pulled out a gun, shot the driver and drove away in the driver’s 2019 black Volkswagen Jetta, police said.

The driver’s wallet - containing his credit cards, driver's license and green card - and phone were also taken.

News4's Pat Collins reported that after the shooting, the victim made his way down Bruce Place to Stanton Road with a bullet wound in his shoulder. When he got to a building on the 3000 block of Stanton Road, he found someone that called 911.


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The driver is expected to recover.

D.C. police Commander John Branch said the incident reflects a troubling trend in the District.

"We're having quite a few carjackings during this time of the year. In fact, we're up overall within the District. We have 403 right now as opposed to 341 this same time last year," Branch said. "They're using a lot of these apps in order to kind of lure the victim in."

Police are still searching for the shooter.

Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.

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