Police said the shooting was apparently part of a robbery, althoughSolomon was not robbed and might have struggled with his attackers. Thedriver had picked up the teens just after noon near the old DurhamAthletic Park.
A witness then reported that Solomon's cab stopped at the entrance toRed Maple Park, about three miles from where the ride started. The witnessheard a gun go off, with the teens still in the back seat, and then sawtheteens leave the cab and walk through the park. Tracking the teens using apolice dog failed to find them.
The shooting comes as city officials are considering two changes to thetaxi ordinance which might help make driving cabs somewhat safer.
Onewould allow drivers to have a friend ride along with them after dark; nowonly paying fares are allowed in the vehicle with the driver. Andpassengers could be required to pay their estimated fare in advance,something the current measures ban.