A 32-year-old man dropped off a late-night meal from McDonald’s to an UberEats customer in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood when he spotted a man holding what appeared to be a gun.
The driver, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons, was leaving the 3200 block of West 60th Street and was at a stop sign when he saw a man holding a gun just before it was raised, according to the man and Chicago police.
“He got to pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,” he said. “Just steady (expletive) shooting at me. You know what I’m saying? Steady shooting at me, and I’m ducking.”
He made a turn on a nearby street and noticed a black Hummer was following him. Soon, he heard more gunshots.
“They were so close that I could hear the bullet when it come, before it hit the window,” the driver said. “It was coming, and it was so scary.”
In total, he estimates about 10 bullets were fired at him. He was grazed on his arm where there is a tattoo of the name of the mother of his first child. He was also cut on the side of his face by the glass.
After what seemed like 10 minutes, the person inside the Hummer stopped following him.
The UberEats driver continued driving, zigzagging to his home to throw off anyone who might have been following him.
“I felt like an angel or something,” he said. “Because when I was driving, I didn’t think of nothing. Like, I was just driving. I didn’t think of me getting hit, I didn’t think of me getting killed, me getting caught. I didn’t think of nothing but me getting away.”
He eventually made it to his home where his wife talked him into calling police for help. Paramedics were called to the scene, but he declined to be taken to a hospital.
No one was reported in custody.
“God, that was like a movie,” he said as he stood with officers outside of his car. The entire back window had been shot out. A large bullet hole was visible in the back of his car. There were four bullet holes visible in his front windshield.
He said the shooter didn’t say anything to him, leaving him puzzled about why the shots were fired at his car.
“That (expletive) guy tried to kill me, man,” he said. “And he didn’t even know me. Like, damn, what the (expletive) I do to you?”
The driver said he was glad he was dropping off the food alone. His wife and their children sometime keep him company on the trips. He’s worked as an UberEats driver for a couple of months, but he hadn’t had any major problems until Saturday.
“I’m still going to do UberEats, just not over there anymore,” he said. “Like, just downtown.”