EAST NEW YORK – A 29-year-old livery cab driver from Long Island was shot dead early this morning in Brooklyn.
At around 3:16 a.m., the NYPD responded to a ShotSpotter activation. ShotSpotter is a technology that uses sensors to pinpoint gunfire. It is currently being used in over 85 cities in the United States. The ShotSpotter, in this case, was activated near the intersection of Williams Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.
When the cops arrived, they found Noman Saleemi, a man from Valley Stream with a gunshot wound to the head. Saleemi was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the cops, the body was found in the street and the vehicle was not at the scene. They are currently investigating how the body got there and what happened to the vehicle.
A spokesperson for the NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers told ABC 7, “After Noman was shot in the head his body was dumped in the street like an animal, his car was stolen, what kind of person would commit such a crime. This city is very unsafe and the mayor must step it up and stop releasing criminals from our jails.”
As of this afternoon, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
In November of 2018, a 70-year-old livery cab driver was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Bushwick. In 2015, a livery cab driver was shot and killed inside his car by a man who attempted to rob him in Bed Stuy. In June, the defendant was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.