Taxi driver found dead in wrecked cab - WKRN News 2

Taxi driver found dead in wrecked cab

Posted: Updated: Oct 26, 2012 05:08 PM
Henry Moore, 69, was found shot to death early Friday north of downtown. Henry Moore, 69, was found shot to death early Friday north of downtown.
Shell casings were found about a block away from the crash scene. Shell casings were found about a block away from the crash scene.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police are investigating after a taxi driver was found shot to death Friday morning in his wrecked cab north of downtown Nashville.

Detectives say Henry Moore, 69, was shot in the 1500 block of 10th Avenue North after being dispatched in his Yellow Cab minivan to pick up a fare at 10th Avenue North and Garfield Street.

After being shot, police said Moore accelerated the cab and crashed at the intersection of 10th and Garfield.

Police responded to the crash at 2:44 a.m.

Police are calling Moore's death a homicide.  The investigation is active and continuing.

Yellow Cab assistant manager Marvin Sutton told Nashville's News 2 their office was devastated to learn of Moore's death.

"It kind of hit me in the gut," said Sutton. "I've been doing this for 34 years and when something like this happens, it wears on you."

Sutton said Moore was an experienced cab driver who worked hard.  He had been with Yellow Cab since 2008 and worked for Checker Cab in Nashville prior to that.

"Henry was an experienced cab driver," Sutton told Nashville's News 2, adding, "He'd been doing this over 40 years and he knows what he's doing. That's why it's a shock that it happened to him."

Sutton said at 2:17 a.m. a woman called Yellow Cap dispatch to say she needed a cab to take a child to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The caller requested pickup at 10th Avenue North and Garfield Street.

Sutton said Moore volunteered to go and pick her up, something he often did.

"That's the way Henry was," explained Sutton. "If the dispatcher needed help, Henry would volunteer to go help them, get the people picked up and get them where they're going."

Moore's friend of more than 30 years, Earl Roberts, said, "He was a good guy. He'd do anything for anybody. He didn't deserve this."

Roberts told Nashville's News 2 Moore did not have any children and mostly kept to himself, renting out part of his home to others, including Roberts.

"He just felt like a brother to me," added Roberts. "I hope and pray they catch him."

Sutton thought Moore may have driven up at the intersection, suspected something was not right, and tried to drive off without picking up the passenger or passengers.

"Sometimes you can smell trouble, sometimes you can't," said Sutton. "I don't know what happened with this situation. I'm assuming he didn't see it coming."

Several colleagues at Yellow Cab, who all consider themselves family, left flowers and candles at the corner where Moore died.

Anyone with information on the crime, is urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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