Sheriff: ‘Rideshare’ shooting, carjacking tied to drug deal

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A rideshare driver who was shot and carjacked Tuesday morning near Gallatin was not on a paid ride at the time, authorities in Sumner County say. 

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said the victim, who identified himself as a rideshare driver, told investigators he picked up a passenger in Goodlettsville and brought the person to Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills area.

“That house has been empty for months so that means they must have been staking it out or something and we have kids who play out here all the time, so it’s very concerning,” one neighbor told News 2. 

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies determined this was not a paid ride and the victim had driven the shooter to the Gallatin area, so they could purchase drugs.

Deputies said the two arrived at the location just before 9 a.m. The victim reported his passenger shot him in the leg, robbed him and took his rideshare vehicle, a tan 2013 Buick LaCrosse with Tennessee license plate 3P06S3. 

The victim’s girlfriend was also inside the car that was stolen, but she was later located unharmed, investigators said. 

The sheriff’s office released a photo of man they wanted to speak with in the case.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office at 615-451-3838. 

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