Driver in Uber-Marked Vehicle Fatally Shot in Lincoln Heights; 4 in Custody Following Pursuit

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An Uber sticker is seen on the windshield of a car after a fatal shooting in Lincoln Heights on Feb. 9, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

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A man driving a car with an Uber sticker was fatally shot in Lincoln Heights and four documented gang members suspected in the shooting were in custody following a pursuit Tuesday morning, police said.

An Uber sticker is seen on the windshield of a car after a fatal shooting in Lincoln Heights on Feb. 9, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)
An Uber sticker is seen on the windshield of a car after a fatal shooting in Lincoln Heights on Feb. 9, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Police responded to a shots-fired call about 2:10 a.m. and found a bullet-riddled black Toyota sedan that had crashed into a pole at the intersection of Griffin Avenue and North Broadway, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Edward Pape confirmed.

Video from the scene showed at least six bullet holes in the Toyota, which had an Uber sticker on the front windshield.

“A suspect pulled along side and opened fire on this individual,” Pape said.

A man who was found inside the vehicle had died at the scene. His identity was not immediately released, but LAPD Officer Jane Kim said he was not an Uber driver.

Bullet holes are seen in a car after a fatal shooting in Lincoln Heights on Feb. 9, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)
Bullet holes are seen in a car after a fatal shooting in Lincoln Heights on Feb. 9, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

When asked why an Uber sticker was on the vehicle, Pape said it could have been used as a way to blend it or disguise the vehicle.

“People, when they’re in criminal activity, you’ll use anything at your disposal to try to look as if you’re not a criminal,” he said. “Uber drivers right now are the big thing, the big craze instead of using taxis, so that may or may not be the case here. We just don’t know.”

The suspected shooters led police on a 20-to-25 minute pursuit, which originated in West Covina and ended in La Puente, police said.

The silver Kia SUV eventually ran out of gas and pulled over. The driver, along with three passengers, surrendered, according to police.

“The suspects that were taken into custody are gang members,” according to Pape.

Two of the people in the vehicle were female and two were male, Pape said. No weapons were recovered inside the SUV.

The motive for the shooting was not known.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer and Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this article.

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