Uber driver stable after being shot twice during carjacking, officials say

Incident occurred just before 8:30 a.m. in 7400 block of New Laredo Hwy

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer, Deven Clarke - Crime and Justice Reporter, Bill Caldera - Photojournalist

SAN ANTONIO - An Uber driver was taken to an area hospital after they were shot twice during a carjacking on the city's Southwest Side early Thursday morning, San Antonio police said.

Officers were called just before 8:30 a.m. to the 7400 block of New Laredo Highway, not far from Somerset Road, after a receiving a call for a shooting.

According to Officer Carlos Ortiz, a spokesperson with the San Antonio Police Department, the Uber driver had picked up two men when, for some unknown reason, the men turned on the driver.

That's when, Ortiz said, one of the men fired two shots, hitting the driver twice in the abdomen just before he managed to get out of the vehicle.

The men then drove off in the vehicle, police said.

Ortiz said one of the culprits was wearing a red hoodie and that police are now actively searching for them and the driver's 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander.

The Uber driver's name and age were not given. 

Police said since last year, there have been no aggravated assaults and only two car thefts on that stretch New Laredo Highway.

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