Rookie NYC Uber driver, 21, dies three days after being accidentally shot ‘by boy, 15’


A 21-year-old immigrant Uber driver died in the hospital on Tuesday after being shot by a stray bullet in Harlem by gunman who is said to have been just 15.  

Kuldip Singh, 21, died three days after he was caught in the crossfire incident of a shootout that happened on Saturday night on W. 131st St and Frederick Douglass Blvd. 

He was struck as he drove his black Toyota Camry past a nearby silver sedan as a gun battle erupted between that car’s occupants and people on the street. 

A 15-year-old male suspect is believed to have accidentally fired at Singh, who was struck in the head and suffered horrific brain damage as a result.

The passengers in Singh’s vehicle – a mother and 12-year-old son- were not harmed during the incident. 

A stray bullet from a Harlem shootout killed Uber driver Kuldip Singh, 21, who was driving down the street with a mother and her 12-year-old son in the backseat

Singh was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside after he was shot in the back of the head and plowed into a double parked car down the street

Singh was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside after he was shot in the back of the head and plowed into a double parked car down the street

Singh, who came to the U.S. in 2018, had worked for Uber for two months before he was shot in the back of the head.  

His Toyota continued moving down the street as he lay mortally wounded inside, and only came to a stop after it smashed into another vehicle that was double-parked nearby.   

The young Uber driver was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside where he remained in critical condition.

Singh was taken into surgery on Tuesday but the bullet could not be removed. He later died having lost most of his brain functions.  

 ‘Kuldip growing up was a great kid,’ his father Prittal Singh told The Daily News. ‘I never had any problems with him.’

Uber spokeswoman Carly DeBeikes said: ‘Our hearts are with the driver, his passengers and their loved ones after this horrific and senseless act of violence.’

Singh died on Tuesday in the hospital after surgeons could not remove the bullet from the back of his head

Singh died on Tuesday in the hospital after surgeons could not remove the bullet from the back of his head

The 15-year-old suspect was also taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia but was found to be in stable condition. 

No charges, however, were filed against the suspect.

Video footage captured the Harlem shootout on Saturday which occurred around 9.45pm.

The footage begins with two figures approaching the silver car, that was parked in the middle of the street, with the right rear door left open. 

A woman is seen smoking a cigarette near the trunk of the car with a man standing in front of the passenger door.

One of the figures, the 15-year-old suspect in the white hoodie, falls to the ground after shots are fired from the driver seat of the silver vehicle. 

Video footage captured the shootout that left Singh in the crossfire

Video footage captured the shootout that left Singh in the crossfire

A 15-year-old suspect in a white hoodie was shot in the torso by a driver in a silver car on Saturday night

A 15-year-old suspect in a white hoodie was shot in the torso by a driver in a silver car on Saturday night

The suspect then opened fire as the stray bullet struck Singh, who was driving by, as onlookers scattered from the scene

The suspect then opened fire as the stray bullet struck Singh, who was driving by, as onlookers scattered from the scene

Police are seeking this man in connection with Singh's fatal shooting. The 15 year-old boy who is believed to have fired the fatal shot was apprehended, and is being treated in hospital

Police are seeking this man in connection with Singh’s fatal shooting. The 15 year-old boy who is believed to have fired the fatal shot was apprehended, and is being treated in hospital 

The other people are then captured scattering from the scene as they run in different directions with the white-hooded suspect opening fire into the silver car. 

The driver is seen briefly getting out of the car with gun visible in hand as a man in a black t-shirt climbs into the back seat. 

The car then drives down the road leaving the white-hooded figure wounded on the ground, sustaining injuries to the torso. 

No arrests have been currently made as a result of the shooting but cops are looking into the incident to identify the five people who were at the scene.

Police are also searching for the gun used during the shootout after the young suspect fled the scene without it.

The weapon was reportedly found and taken by two random onlookers, according to police sources. 

NYPD crime statistics through August 31, showing a very slight decrease in overall crimes

NYPD crime statistics through August 31, showing a very slight decrease in overall crimes

 NYPD’s CompStat records show that there has actually been a 38.3 percent drop in shooting victims from Aug. 23 through Aug. 29, when compared to the same time period last year, and nearly a 35 percent drop in shooting incidents citywide.

 According to the NYPD, there has been a 3.8% increase in shooting incidents with 1,086 in this year as compared to 1,046 in 2020.

The number of shooting victims has also increased by 1.7% with 1,305 this year and 1,283 in 2020.  



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