SOUNDVIEW, the Bronx — A livery cab driver is in critical condition after he was shot multiple times and robbed in the Bronx early Saturday, police said.
Police said Jeffrey Cisnero Camacho, 26, dropped off a passenger outside of 1338 Morrison Ave in Soundview around 12:45 a.m.when the male passenger
opened fire. Camacho was shot seven times and was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to police. The suspected shooter fled the scene with $23, the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers said.
Fernando Mateo, president of the NYSFTD, said the father of three is a black car driver and not required to have a surveillance camera in his car. He said the shooting was the kind that happened routinely two decades ago before the city teamed up with taxi drivers to reduce the danger to drivers. The reductions came after most cars were required to install video cameras and partitions.
A loophole in the improvements allows cars that make runs for corporations or drivers who carry passengers for companies like Lyft and Uber to operate without cameras and a partition, Mateo said. But he urged all drivers to have the equipment.
"It's very difficult for the detectives to find the shooter without those images," he said. He also advised those drivers not to pick up anyone waving them down on the street. "A few dollars isn't going to make a difference in your life. Don't risk being shot."
No arrests have been made. Mateo said the NYSFTD is offering a reward for any information on the incident.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).