MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are looking for two suspects who robbed and shot a Milwaukee taxi driver on the city's north side -- and video surveillance could help crack the case.
The shooting happened near 84th and Glendale Ave. late on Sunday, December 6th. Officials say just before 11:30 p.m., the 64-year-old victim was shot in the back after two suspects robbed him of money.
The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
As police processed the scene overnight and examined evidence into the day on Monday, they came across something that could very well lead them to the suspects. The cab was equipped with a surveillance camera which captures interactions with customers inside and outside of the vehicle.
The red taxi, operated by the 64-year-old driver who was shot, rolled into the maintenance facility at American United Taxicab Services on Monday afternoon.
Police later released photos captured by the surveillance camera -- one captured very clear pictures of one of the suspects.
Police say one suspect is described as a male, black, 30-35 years old, 5’11” tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with heavy build and a mustache. He was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and dark pants armed with a black semiautomatic handgun.
The second suspect is described as a male, black, 30-35 years, 5’8” tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with a heavy build. He was wearing a light-gray hooded jacket with the hood up and dark pants.
Red Christensen, vice president of the cab company, said what's most important to him after this incident is the condition of his long-time employee.
"We all wish him the best," Christensen said.
Fellow cab driver Arjun Bherdwaj says he empathizes with the victim in this case, as he, too has been a target in the past.
"He asked me to take him somewhere. I took him there -- and I felt something over there and it was a gun. I was like 'wow.' I was like, really scared and he put the gun over there," Bherdwaj said.
For cab drivers, coming across dangerous people is a risk that comes along with the job. But with the added security measures like the surveillance cameras inside vehicles, Christensen says most of the time, the bad guys get caught.
"We also screen a lot of the calls that come into our dispatch too, so all of our calls are recorded and everything is on video and audio. We`ve had numerous robberies through the years, but very few -- and they`ve all been caught through the camera system -- so it works," Christensen said.