Cab driver shot, killed on Detroit's east side

Police say 2 men tried to rob the driver at a gas station, gunfire erupted

Published On: Oct 16 2012 05:05:21 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2012 05:55:37 PM EDT
DETROIT -

A cab driver was shot to death early Tuesday morning on Detroit's east side.

Detroit police say two men tried to rob 47-year-old Jawan McQueen, of Roseville, as he was parked at a Mobil gas station on Connor Street and Harper Avenue.

Gunfire erupted during the struggle and McQueen was killed.

“Usually when I go to sleep at night, I just go straight to sleep. But, somehow or another, I kept tossing and turning. For why? I didn’t know,” said McQueen’s father, David Thomas. “My other son called me and that’s when I got the news.”

McQueen's mother, Dolores Miller, said she's angry and hurt.

"I miss my son," she said.

McQueen was married and a father.

Police said one of the other men appears to have been shot because a trail of blood was left behind.

No arrests have been made.

Tuesday's shooting was the second in recent weeks that targeted a cab driver.

Reggie Jones was parked in his Checker Cab near 6 Mile Road and the Lodge Freeway on Sept. 24 when he was shot dead.

Statement from the Checker Cab Company of Detroit

“We were saddened today to learn of the murder of a Checker Cab driver.  Our hearts go out to this driver’s family, friends and colleagues. We are committed to working with the Detroit Police Department as they investigate this tragic crime. We urge anyone with information relating to this crime to contact the Detroit Police Department immediately.”