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UberEats driver still on the run after allegedly shooting, killing customer

They had reportedly 'exchanged words.'


Tess Cagle


Published Feb 19, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 12:27 am CDT

Police are still looking for an UberEats driver who allegedly shot and killed a 30-year-old man after delivering his food in Atlanta, Georgia, according to Gizmodo. While police have not yet released a description of the driver, they said he was driving a white Volkswagen.

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“We are shocked and saddened by this news,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement. “We are working with Atlanta Police, and our hearts go out to the families of those involved.”

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The victim was identified by a medical examiner to be Ryan Thornton, a 30-year-old native of Atlanta, according to a local NBC affiliate. Police believe Thornton ordered food on Feb. 17 using the UberEats app, and as he walked away from the driver at around 11:30 p.m., the two “exchanged words.” Then the driver fired several shots, striking Thornton several times.

Uber company policy does not allow drivers to carry weapons while driving for the food delivery app, but it’s unknown how strictly the company enforces the rule. Although Uber is no stranger to murder and assault allegations—it was just last month that an Uber driver was arrested for raping and assaulting four women—this is the first murder allegedly committed by an UberEats driver, according to Gizmodo.

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Update 12:55pm CT, Feb. 20: The driver has been identified as Robert Bivines, 36, of Atlanta, USA Today reports. He turned himself in Monday afternoon, according to his lawyer.

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*First Published: Feb 19, 2018, 8:34 am CST