NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are on the lookout for the gunman who opened hearth on a serious metropolis freeway in Queens, piercing a taxi cab and simply narrowly lacking the motive force and passenger inside.
Swapon Roy was driving a 30-year-old lady from John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport to Manhattan on Monday when a bullet shattered the cab’s rear window.
There’s now a bullet gap within the headrest of his taxi’s backseat.
“She was sitting right here and the bullet, you see the headrest, there’s the bullet,” Roy instructed CBS2’s Ali Bauman.
It occurred on the Van Wyck Expressway by Jamaica Avenue simply earlier than 2 a.m.
Window shards lower the lady’s face, however the bullet narrowly missed the each of them.
“We’re fortunate,” Roy mentioned.
“So if that headrest wasn’t there, it might’ve gone straight by?” Bauman requested.
“Yeah. Yeah,” Roy mentioned. “If I drove little bit slowly, simply a few moments, it might’ve hit her or me.”
Roy has been a cab driver for seven years however needed to cease working through the pandemic. He solely returned to the highway in June and feels the job is far more harmful now than it was earlier than the pandemic.
“After one month, that is occurring,” Roy mentioned.
“Does this make you scared to return to work?” Bauman mentioned.
“Yeah, I’m very scared,” Roy mentioned.
Shootings are up 18.8% citywide to this point this yr in comparison with final, however they’ve been trending down lately with 33.9% fewer shootings in June in comparison with the identical interval in 2020.
“This occurred to me, so I feel this might occur to any driver working within the night time time,” Roy mentioned. “I wish to say to the mayor, ‘Please, assist us.’”
Investigators haven’t made any arrests and ask anybody with info on this capturing to name police.