According to the Tampa Tribune, the incident took place in the 400 block of Mandalay Avenue. That’s where Steven Rayow stopped to pick up 60-year-old Marc Gregory Mermel at around 10 p.m. on Sunday night.
A verbal altercation ensued between Rayow and Mermel. At some point it turned physical and Mermel began choking Rayow, who managed to pull a handgun from his waistband.
The two continued to struggle and the gun went off, shooting Mermel in the foot, Clearwater Police confirmed in a news release. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound.
While it appears Rayow was acting in self-defense during the incident, he will likely lose his job with Uber, as the San Franciso-based company recently announced a no-guns policy in its vehicles for drivers and passengers alike. The rule appears to be backfiring, as this latest incident occurred just three days after a driver was robbed at gunpoint by a 22-year-old passenger in Queens, New York.
Police are still investigating the Clearwater shooting.
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[h/t to Breitbart.com]
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