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MIAMI: Lyft Driver Pulls Out Gun, Tells Passenger He Wants to Kill All Gay People

A Miami man says on a recent ride his Lyft driver pulled out a gun, used homophobic slurs, and said he wanted to kill all gay people before assaulting him and throwing him out of the car.

NBC Miami reports :

Andres Berreondo didn’t think twice when he ordered a ride on Lyft Thursday afternoon, which is something he says he usually does.

But this time, he didn’t know if he would make it out alive.

“I can tell he was with an attitude, and even from the beginning with this bad energy,” he said.

Berreondo said he noticed the driver was not following the GPS maps. That’s when he says the man snapped – calling him homophobic slurs.

Then he says he pulled out a gun and told Berreondo, “I want to kill everyone that is gay.”

In tears and in fear for his life, Borreondo called 911.

After about 10 minutes, he says the man finally stopped the car, hitting him as he forced him out.

“I start getting scared and somehow he stops,” he said. “He pulled me out like that and kicked me in the leg, I get out of the car.”

Lyft released the following statement: “The safety of our community is Lyft’s top priority, and the behavior described here is unacceptable. There is no place in the Lyft community for discrimination or violence of any kind. As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we permanently deactivated the driver. We have been in contact with the passenger to offer our full support, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with any investigation.

>Miami police is investigating the incident.

 

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