Uber driver dies after being shot while picking up fare in Cicero

Chicago Crime

CICERO, Ill. — An Uber driver who was shot while picking up a customer in the western suburbs has died.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday when the 38-year-old male driver was called to pick up a fare at 23rd Street and 55th Avenue in Cicero. Police said four people attempted to rob the rideshare driver, then shot him.

The man was transported to Loyola Hospital in critical condition. He has been identified as Joe Schelstraete, 38, of Hobart.

He was on life support as doctors and family made arrangements for organ donation.

One suspect is in custody and three suspects are at large, according to police.

Lenny Sanchez, from the Independent Drivers Guild of Illinois, points to Monday’s shooting as another reason for ride share companies to step up security measures.

“This has been an ongoing crisis. There have been a plethora of drivers who’ve been attacked and shot, paralyzed, killed, raped at gun point by their passengers,” Sanchez said.

For Schelstraete’s family, they are making arrangements for his three children, ages 14, 12 and 10.

“Whenever you see joe he just was smiling so happy to see you are always asking about you and what you were doing and what’s new in your life,” aunt Kim Bova said.

If you have any information, you can leave a tip for police at 708-652-2130. Police said during a press conference Tuesday that on May 11, a carjacking took place at the exact same corner.

Correction: Family told WGN News Tuesday that Schelstraete was taken off life support.

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