Two alleged carjackers are in critical condition this week following a run-in with a Philadelphia Lyft driver.
The ride-share employee, 38, was rear-ended twice by the armed suspects around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, according to local news affiliate ABC 7.
When the driver got out of his car to face the suspects, one of them pointed a shotgun in his direction while attempting to take control of the driver’s vehicle.
Fearing for his life, the driver, who also happens to be a licensed concealed carrier, shot the suspect in the chest.
The second suspect, who crashed his vehicle into the victim’s, then attempted to run down the concealed carrier.
The concealed carrier opened fire, hitting the second suspect in the rib cage.
Though the wounded suspects fled the scene separately in each vehicle, they were apprehended by police a short while later.
Both were taken to local hospitals and were listed in critical condition.
As for the concealed carrier, he was not injured in the altercation. However, a question remains about his future working as a driver for Lyft.
The rideshare app is known to look down on those who exercise their right to keep and bear arms while driving for the service.
In fact, Lyft fired a single mother from Cleveland last January after she lawfully defended herself with a firearm from an alleged carjacker. A spokesperson justified the decision by pointing to Lyft’s “No weapons” policy.
Lyft has also supported anti-gun causes. In 2018, it offered free rides to student activists attending anti-gun rallies.
“We’d be honored to support your work with free Lyft rides to March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24 (please remember, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.),” said the San Francisco-based company at the time.
With respect to this Philadelphia incident, the company told local media, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the incident described is deeply troubling. We have been in touch with both the rider and driver to offer our support and have reached out to law enforcement to offer our assistance.”
No word yet on whether Lyft will terminate the driver’s employment after he took down two alleged criminals.