Taxi driver recovering after attempted robbery
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A taxi cab driver is speaking out for the first time after he was shot in the shoulder during an attempted robbery.
Rabel Jean is recovering and is expected to be at Jackson Memorial Hospital for several days. The victim has a bullet lodged in his right shoulder. "Bad, not too good, I have pain here," he said when asked how he was feeling.
Jean was returning to his North Miami home from work in his taxi cab at around 3 a.m. Tuesday. He pulled into his driveway when someone knocked on his window. "I stopped my car and someone knocked and said, 'Open the door, open the door,' and he shot me through the window," said Jean.
Jean tried to drive away and avoid the shooter but ended up crashing into his neighbors' home. Along with the bullet wound, the 68-year-old also sustained injuries to his head.
Jean's daughter thinks her father was followed. "They know his routine. They knew he lived there and they knew he would be coming home around that time," said Mirabelle Jean.
Jean has been a taxi cab driver for nearly 25 years. He was set to retire and move to Haiti in the upcoming months. "This is my first time," said Jean when asked if he was ever attacked.
Jean said he never got a good look at the shooter's face. He is expected to be released from JMH on Friday.
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