Taxi Drivers Targeted

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

STATELINE (WIFR) -- Early this morning a Rockford cab driver ran for his life when three men in his backseat opened fire. He wasn't hit, but the men did steal things from his car and got away.

This morning's shooting is the third reported act of violence against a taxi driver in the Stateline in the last two weeks. Police say lately there's been no pattern to these attacks, that they're just crimes of opportunity.

That's why Chris Donnelli, who's been driving a cab locally for the last year and a half is very careful about who he picks up. While most of his calls come from the East side of Rockford he occasionally gets calls from more dangerous parts of town at all hours of the night. He's says he never picks anyone up on a street corner, especially if they don't know where they're going.

"It has got more dangerous. I look out where I go. I expect my employees to. I look out for them where they go. It's always important to have communication. Always get ahold of somebody in case something happens," said Chris Donnelli, Checker Cab Owner.

Donnelli says he hasn't had any problems so far in Rockford, but he's always suspicious when somebody gets into his cab and doesn't talk to him.

Because it’s pretty common for a female to call for a ride, and then when the driver shows up it's a couple of men, Donnelli says he has no time to mess around in order to stay safe. He says that in those cases, he just won't stop to pick them up. Donnelli says he does think a concealed carry ordinance would help his cause.

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