Police: Jitney driver, passenger exchange gunfire near car with baby inside

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PITTSBURGH - A man was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after exchanging shots with a jitney driver in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, police said.

According to Lt. Daniel Herrmann, a jitney driver picked up two adult males and a 4-year-old child just after 3 p.m.

The jitney driver and one of the passengers got into an argument, according to the police report, and the driver pulled over at the intersection of Wylie and Erin avenues over to let the men and child out of the car.

According to police, the driver and 22-year-old passenger got out of the car, pulled out guns and fired at each other.

Channel 11’s Timyka Artist reported the passenger was shot and fled the area on foot. Officers found him about a block away on Trent Street. He was rushed to UPMC Mercy Hospital and immediately taken into surgery.

Police questioned the driver and the other passenger, who both stayed at the car. So far, there’s no word if charges will be filed.

Authorities said the jitney driver was licensed to carry a firearm and the gun was registered to him.

Officials said the baby wasn’t injured.