A taxi driver was shot to death in North Fairmount
A taxi driver was shot to death overnight in North Fairmount. Police say they were called to Baltimore Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. to find Mamadou Diop, 45, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Diop was called to pick up a fare or had a fare with him when he was shot.
The caller who was the first to discover the driver told a dispatcher, “His driver’s side door is open. He’s hanging out the car. Blood is on the ground.”
As the caller examined the victim he said the cab driver had a weak pulse but was not breathing.
“He’s been shot in the back of the head,” the caller said.
Diop was a father of three and originally from Senegal, West Africa. He was a driver for Ran’s Taxi.
“I just visited his family, they are in a deep, sad moment,” Mussie Andemariam, owner of Ran’s Taxi, said. “He’s making a living supporting his family; all of a sudden we lose this guy and it’s hard.”
Two suspects charged with a taxi driver’s murder were indicted on Monday 3/24/2014.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Keyawhan Lowe, 20, and DaKeith Pleasant, 24, on several charges in connection with the shooting death of Mamadou Diop, 45, in the 1600 block of Baltimore Avenue in North Fairmount March 12.
Pleasant was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, having weapons under disability and two counts of aggravated robbery.
Lowe was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, two counts of having weapons under disability and four counts of aggravated robbery.
Lowe’s address is on the same street where the homicide occurred.
Detectives said the pair robbed and shot Diop.
Pleasant and Lowe were each being held in the Hamilton County Jail on $1.1 million bond.
– Source: Jon Carlisle & Brad Evans – wlwt.com