Uber Eats driver charged with murder after customer shot dead in Atlanta

Ivan Schwartz
February 21, 2018

It all happened in Atlanta, Georgia, where an Uber Eats driver allegedly shot a customer multiple times during a food delivery.

Thornton exited the apartment and exchanged a few words with Bivines before the fatal shooting, witnesses told investigators after the incident.

Police said words may have been exchanged, and that's when shots were fired from the delivery vehicle.

When medics arrived to the scene, they transported Thornton to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The alleged shooter was still on the run from police early this morning. Atlanta police said in a statement they had a warrant charging 36-year-old Robert Bivines with felony murder.

Bivines' attorney, Jackie Patterson, told WSB-TV his client "had no choice but to defend himself" when the man became irate and aggressive over his order.

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This past weekend, the night of February 17, an Uber Eats transaction went sour, resulting in the driver killing his intended customer. He faces a murder charge and is being held in Fulton county jail. "I'm about to get in an Uber right now", said Bolton.

Uber's policy prohibits drivers from carrying firearms and weapons of any kind in their vehicles while working through their app. He predicted Uber Eats will be the largest food-delivery company in the world this year. The police department responded to a call mid-Saturday of a person being shot in a north Atlanta neighborhood. He has never been a driver with Uber's main taxi on demand service.

Thornton had graduated from Morehouse College in May and recently started a new job.

UberEats, launched in 2015, is a popular delivery app which allows customers in dozens of cities around the world to order food straight to their home.

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