Louisiana man shoots taxi driver and steals vehicle on Thanksgiving Day

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LAKE CHARLES, La., (KLFY) — A Lake Charles taxi driver was shot on Thanksgiving Day as the shooter stole the taxi and fled before being caught, according to police.

On Thursday, Nov. 28, Lake Charles Police responded to a shooting. The victim worked for a local taxi company and had received a call to pick up a fare. When the victim arrived, the suspect shot the taxi driver and then took control of the vehicle.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the stolen vehicle was spotted heading eastbound on I-210 in Lake Charles. It fled when police tried to stop the vehicle. Police gave pursuit and tracked the stolen vehicle to the intersection of Illinois and West Walton streets.

The driver, Courlyn Pete, 33, was arrested, and police learned he was also the shooter. On Monday, Pete faced charges of attempted first-degree murder, illegal possession of stolen property, hit and run, flight from an officer, careless operation and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. His bond was set at $1.75 million, and he is currently being held at the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Facility.

The taxi driver was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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