Uber Eats customer shot and killed by delivery driver

Gladys Abbott
February 21, 2018

An Atlanta food delivery driver who police believe shot and killed a customer over the weekend has turned himself in, officials said Monday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Ryan Thornton of Atlanta. That is when investigators say the driver pulled out a gun and shot Thornton multiple times.

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

Thornton was taken to a hospital in critical condition where he later died. The alleged shooter was still on the run from police early this morning.

Now, Bivines remains silent by the suggestions of his legal representation, who has been handling all the questions posed as they arrived at the Atlanta Police Department this morning.

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Asked why his client fled, Patterson said Bivines was traumatized and panicked in the moment. According to police, Thornton went to meet the unidentified driver outside of his Buckhead condo on Saturday when the two began arguing.

Because of that, the pre-screening didn't catch charges of aggravated assault in DeKalb county from nine years ago. Calling the incident a "senseless act of violence", Uber Eats says Bivines violated a policy banning firearms, per USA Today. As the driver was leaving, the pair exchanged harsh words that ended with the delivery driver firing shots at the customer.

Thornton recently graduated Morehouse College in May with a degree in political science and recently got a new job, his family said.

An unnamed UberEATS driver is wanted by police after allegedly killing his own customer. He was arrested and transported to jail Monday for booking on charges related to the murder, according to a spokeswoman with the Atlanta Police Department.

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