Taxi driver shot and killed in West Philadelphia early Wednesday morning

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Philadelphia Police investigators collect evidence at the scene after a taxi driver was shot to death at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of West Walnut Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway in West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

Medics rushed the 33-year-old victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he later died from his injuries. Police have identified him as Hafiz Sarfaraz.

Kelly 2LFriends told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Sarfaraz was married and the father of a 7-year-old daughter, had immigrated from Pakistan about 13 years ago and lived only a half-mile from the shooting scene. All City Taxi is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the homicide.

Police told 6ABC that the suspect waved down the taxi and attempted to rob the driver. The cabbie tried to drive off but the gunman opened fire, hitting Sarfaraz five times in the chest, arm and side, according to NBC10.

Philly.com added that another cab driver saw the victim try to drive away and crash into a wall, according to police, who said the second driver called 911 to report the accident. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video as they search for a suspect, according to an Associated Press report.

At about the same time, a 27-year-old man was shot in the back in the area of 39th and Brown Streets in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. Police rushed the victim to HUP, where he was reported in stable condition.

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