A limo driver was shot and killed during a robbery in West Philadelphia Saturday night, according to a local limo service. The unidentified victim is a 24-year-old driver for La Primera Inc. picked up two passengers on the 3200 block of 7th Street in North Philadelphia.
The driver dropped one passenger off in North Philly and then took the second to the 5400 block of Delancey Street in West Philly around 7:10 p.m. Without warning, the second passenger pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking the driver in the face, according to the co-owner. The passenger then stole a cell phone as well as cash before fleeing the scene.
According to the limo service, the driver’s girlfriend was in the passenger seat and witnessed the shooting but was not harmed. She is currently being interviewed by detectives. The co-owner said the company realized something was wrong when the driver no longer responded to any calls and his GPS location remained the same. They then called police who responded to the scene.
Officials have not yet released a description of the suspect or confirmed the reports from the limo service.
La Primera Car Inc. is based in North Philadelphia and is made up of about 90 drivers and vehicles, mostly Chrysler 300s and Lincoln Town cars. The victim in Saturday’s shooting drove a Chrysler, according to the co-owner.