God Bless the 2nd Amendment. A New Orleans Uber driver pulled his weapon on Saturday to defend himself against a would be carjacker.
The 35-year-old male Uber driver, who police did not identify, had a 29-year-old female passenger in his car when the confrontation occurred at the intersection of North Rampart and Canal Street around 1:30 a.m., police said.
Police said the driver was stopped at a stoplight when a man with a gun got out of a nearby silver sedan and demanded that the Uber driver and his passenger get out of their vehicle. As the Uber driver was getting out, police said he grabbed a gun from his door and opened fire on the suspected carjacker, The Times-Picayune reported.
A 29-year-old bystander suffered a graze wound from the gunfire and was treated at a nearby hospital.
NOPD Eighth District Cmdr. Nicholas Gernon said the suspect “made a motion” that caused the Uber driver to fear for his life, The Times-Picayune reported.
Wait there’s more…
“At this point, he is the victim of a carjacking,” he said.
Police could not say for certain whether the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Andre Satcher, also fired his weapon, The Times-Picayune reported.
Despite the shooting, Mr. Satcher drove off in the Uber driver’s vehicle and led officers on a chase down Canal Street, police said. He reportedly hit several vehicles before he exited the car and attempted to flee on foot. He got a few steps before officers apprehended him, Cmdr. Gernon said.
Mr. Satcher was booked at Orleans Parish jail on several traffic violations as well as charges of carjacking, armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and negligent injuring. Bond was set at 400,000
Here’s the twist. Uber has a no guns policy for their drivers and their passengers. Being found in violation of the Uber rules could cost this man his job. Uber riders are threatened with “loss of access” to Uber if they are caught with a firearm. If only criminals obeyed the laws, this rule would make sense. Gun Free Zones don’t work and neither does Uber’s meaningless “rules” for riders. Uber drivers shouldn’t forfeit the basic right to defend themselves when they go to work.