A 15-year-old Uber passenger was mistakenly shot by her driver as he moved his gun, authorities said.
Bailey Braun was struck in the ankle during an Uber ride with her boyfriend Sunday afternoon in Hollywood, Fla., NBC Miami reported.
Police said the driver, 27-year-old Adrian Harper, had stopped to pick up two other passengers.
When he moved the firearm from the seat to the holster, it accidentally went off inside the vehicle and stuck Braun, officials said.
Braun said Harper then jumped out of the car to her aid and apologized to her.
“He ran around the side and was like, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,’” Braun said. “And when I asked him what happened, he said that it went off.”
Unless he had one of those shitty Taurus 24/7s, a gun doesn’t just “go off.”
Why was the gun sitting on the passenger seat when he went to pick up passengers?
My guess is that he was in a hurry, fumbled the re-holstering, and squeezed the trigger.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of culpable negligence inflicting harm.
Uber said drivers and passengers are prohibited from carrying firearms. The company confirmed that Harper has been suspended. It was not immediately clear what kind of gun the driver had.
So he lost his job, may face some jail time, and will pay what is technically known as “an ass-load” of money in legal fees, and potentially a lawsuit, because he was careless.
Also, this is one of the reasons I won’t drive with Uber. I don’t like the idea of letting strangers into my car without being able to conceal carry.
Let us go over the rules of gun safety one more time:
1. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
2. TREAT ALL FIREARMS AS IF THEY WERE LOADED.
3. KEEP YOUR TRIGGER FINGER OUTSIDE THE GUARD AND OFF OF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE.
4. BE CERTAIN OF YOUR TARGET, YOUR LINE OF FIRE, AND WHAT LIES BEYOND YOUR TARGET.
5. ALWAYS WEAR APPROPRIATE EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING AND MAINTAINING YOUR FIREARM.
This driver here violated Rule No. 3 and now he will be paying for it and some poor girl will have to have her ankle rebuilt.