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Lyft driver shot while waiting for passenger near Gravois Park

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Police are searching for a gunman they say opened fire on a Lyft driver overnight in south St. Louis. The victim is a 47-year-old man from St. Louis. Investigators say the driver was shot multiple times, residents believed he was attacked.

St. Louis detectives say it all unfolded at around 3 a.m. when the driver was in the 3700 block of Minnesota. Witnesses told police they heard multiple gunshots and found the man unconscious in his vehicle. Two other vehicles were seen leaving the scene. The Lyft Driver was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition.

People living near the scene of the shooting say the area is well known for violence. They say ride sharing drivers should take extra safety precautions.

"The driver pulled up and was waiting on my neighbor to come out. Unfortunately he got shot waiting on my neighbor to come out," said Barbara Smarr.

"Pizza drivers won't even deliver over here after it gets dark. They just don't want to put themselves at risk coming into this neighborhood," said Charles Gosnay.

The ride sharing agency Lyft released the following statement:

The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority and we were horrified to learn of this incident. Our Trust and Safety team is currently investigating these reports. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation.

Police have not released any information about the suspects. They say the shooting is still under investigation.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the ride sharing agency Lyft released the following statement:

"The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority and we were horrified to learn of this incident. Our trust and safety team is currently investigating these reports. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.