NOPD: Uber driver attempted armed robbery may be linked to shooting in Algiers

Uber driver shoots suspect

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating whether a man who says he was shot in Algiers is a suspect in the attempted armed robbery of an apparent Uber driver.

The ridesharing company, Uber, could not confirm if it was, in fact, one of its drivers who shot a would-be carjacker around 1 a.m. Monday.

The ridesharing driver told officers that after he dropped someone off near the corner of Telemauchas and Iberville St. in Mid-City, two men jumped in his vehicle and held a gun to his head.

The driver said when the men told him to get out, he did, but was armed with a gun of his own. Investigators said the driver told them he shot one of the men, but both were able to get away.

Around 2 a.m., a man reported being shot in the 3900 block of Behrman Highway in Algiers. The man was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle.

The two scenes are more than eight miles apart.

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