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Uber driver arrested in shootout that left 1 dead and another injured


Police arrested an Uber driver on charges of shooting a passenger and injuring a second one early Wednesday in Atlanta, authorities said.

Nigel Nembhard, 36, was in custody at Fulton County Jail for murder and aggravated assault, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for Uber confirmed that Nembhard was a driver for the company.

“What the police are reporting is deeply worrying,” the carpooling service said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “We have banned the driver from the app and will be working with law enforcement on their investigation.”

Uber has a no guns policy, according to the company.

The man killed in the shooting has been identified as Kevin Leonard Fulton, 34, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. Although no autopsy had been performed on him as of Thursday afternoon, Fulton was shot in the chest, the office said.

The shooting, which occurred shortly before 5 a.m. ET at a Chevron gas station, followed an argument inside the vehicle between the two male victims and the driver, police said.

On the spot Wednesday morning, police discovered a deceased person and another seriously injured, police said. A third passenger fled.

The “driver is cooperating with police and Homicide Unit detectives are working to determine what led to the dispute,” police said in the statement.

“At one point there was an argument inside the vehicle with the driver,” said Atlanta Police Lt. Daniel Genson. “This argument ultimately resulted in gunfire.”

Two guns were recovered, at least one of which was the driver’s, Genson told reporters. The police were trying to determine the owner of the second weapon.

Atlanta-based NBC affiliate WXIA reported that the injured passenger was stable at a hospital Wednesday night.

Phil helsel contributed.



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