Lyft driver shot, nearly killed while waiting for next ride request

DENVER -- A Lyft driver was robbed and nearly killed last week, the Denver Police Department said.

Police are searching for the three men allegedly involved. It happened Aug. 31 just before 2 a.m. near East Seventh Avenue and Albion Street, one block off Colorado Boulevard.

Corey Anderson said he had just finished a ride and was parked on the street waiting for his next request when he heard a knock on the driver’s side window.

“So I roll it down a couple inches cause you never want to roll it down all the way, and a gun sticks through there and they were like, give me everything you’ve got. There’s three guys, some have their faces covered, in dark clothing,” Anderson said.

Scrambling to find anything in the car to give them, he said the three men began to open his door.

“As the door is opening again they say don’t move or I’ll smoke you or I’ll blast you right away, and I was like, these guys are serious,” he said.

Anderson said he slammed his car into drive.

“Right as I’m pulling away the gun fires and I hear this really loud pop right in my ear,” Anderson said.

Pictures show where the bullet hit the door frame.

“This guy had shot aiming right for my temple and it came through all like three or four layers of metal,” he said.

It was that last layer of metal that saved his life, he said.

“I got out of there alive at least,” Anderson said.

Now he’s warning other drivers about the unpredictability of the streets.

“Pay attention to your surroundings. And I’m going to buy a dashcam,” he said.

Police have not made an arrest, but Anderson said they did dust for fingerprints and are actively looking for suspects.

Anderson has not been able to go back to work as a driver, he said, because of the fear and flashbacks he gets in the car. Lyft was his main source of income since recently moving to Denver from Los Angeles.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help him with expenses.