Updated 08/17/2009 03:47 PM
Livery Cab Driver Fatally Shot In Chest
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Police are investigating the shooting death of a livery cab driver in the Bronx early Monday morning.
According to police, Bronx resident Amadou Ndiaye, 46, was shot in the chest at Wilson Avenue and Boston Road in Williamsbridge around 12:30 a.m. His car hit two others before coming to a stop.
Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says Ndiaye was shot by a passenger.
Police say the shooting may have happened during an attempted robbery.
"What we're looking for now is to see if any video cameras in the area," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Obviously there were a lot of businesses there, but they were closed. It happened after midnight, and they're now doing a canvas to see if there's any new information. They'll go back and do a recanvas this evening about the same time that the crime happened."
While the Taxi and Limousine Commission says he did not have a license, he may have been working a freelance shift.
The victim's cousin says Ndiaye, a native of Senegal, was just trying to make a living and send money back to his family.
"You don't want to be bum. You don't want to eat in the garbage can," said the family member. "You don't want to sleep outside. You have to wear clothes. So what can you do? That's the only things you can do. You try to be good guy, but bad guy kill you for nothing, no reason. And sometimes you don't even find the guy who did it; that's the worst thing. If you know it's this guy, then maybe you feel a little better."
"[He was an] honest guy," said another relative. "He worked hard to try to live here and send back money."
A person in one of the cars that was hit was taken to the hospital, but says he saw the suspect running away and is now helping police find the killer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.