Somali cab driver shot in Louisville is likely paralyzed, family says
A Somali cab driver shot days ago in Louisville may never walk or work again, according to the man’s family.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Somali cab driver shot days ago in Louisville may never walk or work again, according to the man’s family.
Louisville Metro Police say a driver for Yellow Cab was shot around 3:15 a.m. Thursday morning when he responded to a call for a ride near 32nd Street and Hale Avenue.
Family members have identified the driver shot as Abdirahman Mohamed, a father of four who came to America from Somalia in 2007.
“He’s a fighter. A man just trying to meet the basic needs and live the American Dream, but that dream is shattered,” said the cab driver’s cousin, Noor Yussuf.
Joining community activist Christopher 2X and members of the Somali community on Sunday at International Mall, Yussuf provided updates on his cousin’s condition at University Hospital.
“He’s in the ICU and he might not be able to walk or provide for his family ever again,” Yussuf described.
Yussuf says Mohamed is not breathing on his own and he is likely paralyzed after suffering a severe injury to his spine.
“Louisville is a safe city, and we came to Louisville because we wanted to live in a safe space – a community where we can just earn a living for ourselves,” said Yussuf.
“We came here to live a better life and to live safe, so we didn’t come here to get shot while working to earn for our family,” said the driver’s friend, Farhan Abdi.
Family members say Mohamed was also shot at earlier this year after an apparent argument over a route. That time though, Mohamed got away safely.
“He escaped the first attach and still felt the need to come back to work under that kind of a traumatic experience,” said community activist, Christopher 2X.
“You can’t just sit at home, you know? You gotta pay rent in a couple days. You gotta provide for your family,” said Yussuf.
The Somali community has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help Mohamed’s family.
At the same time, Yellow Cab is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
“We need somebody to come forward and say who did this to him, so we can see justice,” said Abdi.
No information has been released about a possible motive in the shooting. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Louisville Metro Police tipline at (502) 574-LMPD.
Copyright 2016 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.