A cab driver in Pittsburgh was shot in the back by an Islamophobic passenger who ranted about Daesh (ISIS) and mocked the Prophet Mohammed. The driver, who is originally from Morocco, was questioned about his ethnic background by the passenger who appeared to have a violent grudge against Muslims.
The details were reported by the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, which interviewed the driver in hospital after he was hit in the upper back with a single bullet. The driver wished to remain anonymous for fear of his safety, but told the newspaper how he picked up the passenger outside a casino at around 1am last Thursday.
The passenger reportedly began asking questions like, “You seem to be like a Pakistani guy. Are you from Pakistan?” to which the driver responded with “No, I’m from Morocco. But I’m an American guy.”
After this, the passenger started talking about Daesh killing people. The driver told him that he was against Daesh and that they were killing innocent people, but this did not seem to change the passenger’s Islamophobic line of conversation. He then told the driver he's been to prison and continued mocking the Prophet Mohammed.
After arriving at the passenger's destination, the driver was told to wait so he could retrieve his wallet from the house.
“I waited for just five minutes, I think, and I noticed that he came out of the house carrying a rifle in his hand. I noticed him coming toward me.”
The driver quickly drove away, fearing for his life, but heard gunshots and was struck by a bullet after it smashed through the back window of his cab.
The driver suffered only minor injuries from the attack. But in the wake of the deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last week, the incident is another grim reminder that while a global conversation about violence in the name of Islam rages on, gun violence is an American problem that's not going away.
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