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Taxi Group Meets with Police in Wake of Bronx Drivers' Deaths

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The State Federation of Taxi Drivers says it will be meeting with police leaders today as calls for action grow louder following the second fatal shooting of a livery cab driver in the Bronx in less than a week.

The latest shooting happened just after 6 a.m. Tuesday on Bryant Avenue near Lafayette Avenue in Hunts Point.

Surveillance video shows a group of men dispersing after the driver was dragged out of the cab and shooting him once in the head.

The cab was found not too far from the crime scene.

Taxi organizations are asking for community help in tracking down the killers, and say drivers need more protection.

"My message to the rest of the community, those who are doing the TLC legally cab business. Whether you are green or you are regular livery cab driver, they need a radio in the car, they need a camera in the car. Even though it's going to be the doctor after the death at least we will find out who killed them. We will bring them to the justice," said Mamadou Kane of the African Cab Driver Association.

Last week, livery cab driver Maoudo Kane was found dead in the Eastchester section of the Bronx.

Police say surveillance video from near that killing also shows a group of men running from the scene.

Different caliber bullets were used in each killing, but police are still looking into any possible connection.

Anyone with information in either case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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