Reporting Reg Chapman
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities are investigating the shooting of a limousine driver late Friday night in Minneapolis.
Police said the incident occurred around 11 p.m. near the area of 2nd and 27th Avenues in south Minneapolis. Thirty-nine-year-old driver Celso Soliz had arrived at an address for a pick-up, when two suspects standing on a nearby corner came over to the limo, entered it and attempted to carjack him.
When Soliz was threatened by the suspects, he hit the gas – sending the gunman and his sidekick forward. Next, Soliz quickly hit the brakes, sending the suspects back into their seats. At this point, the gun discharged, striking Soliz in the back.
Manuel Cumbe was working as the radio dispatcher for A New Star Taxi Company when Soliz called. Cumbe rushed to the scene.
“I am the first driver to find him. So I looked at him and he got shot, a lot of blood,” Cumbe said. “[Soliz] told me he said he did not ask for money or anything. He said there were two guys in the back and he said don’t move get out the car.”
Authorities say the victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his torso. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Drivers at A New Star Taxi are being told not to pick up fares on corners.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call Minneapolis Police.