Jose Pena-Seguira Becomes 2nd NYC Cab Driver Killed In A Week
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City cab driver has been shot and killed in the Bronx for the second time in a week, creating a panic among livery drivers, a taxi drivers' advocacy group said Monday.
Jose Pena-Seguira, 42, was shot once in the head inside his cab late Sunday, and was pronounced dead at a hospital about half an hour later, police said.
A 31-year-old man seen running from Seguira's cab was arrested in a nearby park shortly after the shooting, police said. Investigators say a .25-caliber handgun was recovered.
There have been three fatal shootings involving cab drivers in just over three months, and the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is pressing elected officials to address violent crime in the Bronx.
"The Bronx has become the most unsafe borough for cabbies this year," NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo spokesman said Monday. "Drivers are simply scared and no one deserves to work under these conditions."
Mateo said elected officials "must all get involved in order to stop the killings in the Bronx. This must be a united front that condemns these murders against the working class."
Last Monday, another cab driver, 46-year-old Ndiaye (nuh-DEYE'-ay) Amadau, was fatally shot in the chest in his car in the Bronx.
Police haven't announced an arrest in that killing.
The fatal shootings come 3 1/2 months after cab driver Roberto Pinta, 37, was shot three times in the back during what police said was a failed robbery attempt by a passenger. A man was indicted in the May 10 shooting.