A gunman opened fire on Zedekiah Slade, 44, at Park Ave. and E. 138th St. in the Bronx at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday, according to police.
Slade made it to Lincoln Hospital but died on Tuesday.
“My brother was hard-working. He only cared about doing the right thing,” said Christopher Slade, 49. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Slade, behind the wheel of his 2006 Honda, was struck once in the abdomen and once in the upper arm, police said.
The bullet pierced his liver and intestine, ultimately killing him, the medical examiner said.
Slade’s brother said the gunman was aiming for the passengers but struck the livery driver instead.
As his passengers bolted, Slade, who weighed 469 pounds, righted himself and drove to the hospital, police said.
"Monday he was doing well, but then he took a turn for the worse. He couldn’t talk much because he was in such pain,” said the victim’s father, Wilmer Slade, 70.
“He was honest and everyone loved him.”
Police have not yet made an arrest or established a motive.
Slade had three arrests - two that are sealed and one, in 1997, for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
[NY Daily News Report]