Yellow Cab driver John Dooley was shot and killed by someone he picked up Sunday, December 8 2013.
Tampa, Florida - The shooting death of a Tampa cab driver has other drivers uneasy about ferrying passengers to neighborhoods that some might consider dangerous.
"Yeah I've had a couple of times I've been in scuffles," said Vincent Tolbert, who has worked the streets of Tampa for 17 years.
As he drove the streets Monday night, the death of fellow driver and friend John Dooley is on his mind.
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"When other cab drivers see- well it was north Sulphur Springs where he got shot at, and he picked him up over in Jackson Heights off of 34th and Lake- what is that going to tell another cab driver?" he said.
Dooley was shot and killed around 8 p.m. Sunday night by someone he picked up.
The cab driving profession has long been considered to be a dangerous job.
"Nine guys at the TA truck stop dragged me out of my car and beat me up," said Tolbert, recalling a night when he became a target.
"To keep them off me I had to pull my gun and tell them to back up."
He made it out of the ordeal unscathed from the incident.
"It's going to be bad for the people where he got shot because we're not going to be driving there anymore," said Tolbert.
The long-time taxi cab driver said he will be avoiding dangerous neighborhoods for a while, but cannot swear off ever going back to those areas.
"I could sit here and tell you I'm not, but yeah I will because I believe in this; there's more good people that need rides in those areas than bad people."
If you know anything about the murder of cab driver John Dooley, you're urged to contact Crime stoppers 1-800-873-TIPS. The suspects remain on the loose Monday night.
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