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Uber driver wounded locally


An Uber driver was hospitalized in critical condition this week after he was shot while driving in the unincorporated Willowbrook area and crashed his Toyota Prius into parked cars, authorities said.

The shooting was reported at 11:55 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 2600 block of El Segundo Boulevard, said Lt. Richard Ruiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Century Station.

The California Highway Patrol originally responded to the location on a traffic crash report, and then called the sheriff’s department when officers found the wounded man, in his 20s, in the car, the sheriff’s department reported.

The victim was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood for treatment, Ruiz said.

“Detectives have learned two (males) exited the rear seats of the victim’s vehicle,” a sheriff’s statement said. “One or both of the suspects shot the victim, then ran eastbound on El Segundo Boulevard and out of view. The victim continued to drive a short distance before colliding with another vehicle.

“The victim is a confirmed Uber driver,” the statement said. “However, it has not been confirmed if the suspects were paying customers at the time of the shooting.”