New Orleans, LA – An Uber driver opened fire on his passengers after they told him he was going the wrong way.
Ahmad Ahmad, a 53-year-old Uber driver, picked up two passengers from a bar just after midnight on Feb. 17, The Times-Picayune reported.
The passengers wanted to go from New Orleans to Kenner, about 14 miles away.
Ahmad was driving across the Mississippi River headed toward the Westbank when the passengers spoke up and told him he was going in the wrong direction, The Times-Picayune reported.
Kenner is northeast of New Orleans, but the Mississippi River runs south of New Orleans and runs just a little less than two miles south of Kenner.
Ahmad stopped his car on the side of U.S. 90 in Algiers when his passengers started arguing with him about directions, according to The Times-Picayune.
Police said that one of the passengers called another Uber driver to their location while the other passenger called 911, according to police.
The new Uber driver arrived ahead of the police, and the passengers got out of Ahmad’s car and into the other vehicle, The Times-Picayune reported.
That’s when Ahmad opened the passenger-side door on the other Uber and took the car keys out of the ignition.
Police said that Ahmad and one of his former passengers got into a “physical altercation” at that point, according to CNN.
The fight escalated and Ahmad broke away.
But instead of leaving, he returned to his own vehicle and pulled out a handgun, The Times-Picayune reported.
Ahmad opened fire on the passengers from his car.
The passengers ran away and then Ahmad fled in his vehicle, The Times-Picayune.
He was arrested later when he returned to the scene of the shooting.
Ahmad was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, theft, and illegal use of weapons, according to the Times-Picayune.
He was later released from custody, according to the Norfolk Daily News.