Taxi driver shot 5 times, left in middle of road

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A taxi driver is in critical condition after being shot multiple times Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened just after midnight at the corner of Armour Road and Mudville Road in the West Tennessee community of Rosemark.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said the victim was found lying in the middle of the street, shot at least five times.

"It's never a good time, but certainly you would like to think that people show a little respect on Christmas," SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said.

It's unclear what led up to the shooting.

"Why would someone shoot a cab driver?" asked Floyd Harley, who lives near where the shooting happened.

Part of the investigation into the shooting centered around a home along Armour not far from where the shooting happened. When asked about the incident, the people who live there said they didn't know anything.

Deputies said the suspect ran away after shots were fired, but was taken into custody around 11:30 in Whitehaven.

"It's just something like this don't hardly ever happen out here. I've been out here since the beginning of time," Harley said.

Neighbors said they never even heard the gun shots overnight, and despite the violence, they feel safe in the place they've called home their entire lives.

"I used to live in the house right next door to there, and we didn't even have lock on the doors and I still feel safe," Harley said.

WMC Action News 5 learned that the cab driver worked for Metro Cab, and when asked for comment, they would only say that they cared about the driver who was shot.

The victim is at Regional Medical Condition in critical condition.

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