Despite a surveillance camera inside his livery cab, Julian Martinez, a 30 year veteran of the business was threatened and shot as he was just starting out his day on Sunday. On Monday, he remained at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx recuperating after two bullets struck him.
On Sunday morning, Martinez set out to do what he did nearly every single morning. His wife told PIX11 over the phone, he had left his Bronx apartment around 4:30am and lined up at White Plains Road and LaFayette Avenue in the Soundview section of the Bronx with other drivers, waiting to get dispatched for a pick up. However, this morning was different. A man in his 20s, 170 pounds, about 6 ft tall, wearing a tan bubble jacket and a dark colored Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirt got in, reached in his back pocket, pulled out a gun and pointed iy right at Martinez and demanded money and when he didn’t get it, he started shooting.
Martinez’s wife told PIX11 the suspect shot at her husband nearly five times, but two bullets actually struck Martinez. Doctors Jacobi, however, are hoping for the best and say he will pull through.
In the meantime, this latest act of violence has Martinezs colleagues at DAT Car Service concerned.
“I want to look for another job. It’s crazy”, said one driver, Maximo Mena.
Clara Luciano, a manager at DAT Car Service, said shootings have occurred in the past and each time they do, she warns her drivers about picking up passengers who have not first called dispatch.
All DAT vehicles also have either a partition or are equipped with a surveillance camera, but never both.
It is an added security feature the company says has helped deter some attacks against drivers.
If you have any information on this case, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-577-TIPS.