Rickshaw Driver Wounded In Drive-By Shooting

A rickshaw taxi driver is recovering after police say he was shot during a drive-by shooting and robbery in Greenville early Saturday morning.

Damien Lovett was shot in his thigh, according to an owner of Peddlin' Pirates. The 33-year-old Greenville man was shot with a .45 caliber gun, with the bullet exiting his leg.

It happened around 1:50 a.m. Saturday on South Rotary Avenue. A parked BMW was also hit by the gunfire.

The owner says they first tried to rob his driver and didn't get any money. He said a few minutes later after the driver had pedaled home, the same vehicle came by and fired multiple shots.

Lovett is at home recovering, while police have not made any arrests.

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  • by Umm on Oct 18, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    West 5th st is so close to the university and the downtown area where all the students go to drink. It's just too easy for them to rob these kids. Something has to happen to reduce all this crime. I love Greenville and I hate seeing it turn into garbage. But yea, I try to avoid downtown at all costs these days. Plenty of other places I can go to have a good time and not worry about having my wallet stolen or getting shot.
  • by What a dump on Oct 17, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    this town has become. Somalia is safer than downtown.
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      by m on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:34 PM in reply to What a dump
      Yes G-vegas can be a dump, but comparing it to Somalia, is just stupid.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to m
        Correction, G-vegas IS a dump. I have lived in both Detroit and Cleveland and felt a whole lot safer anywhere in those cities compared to this town. Perhaps it should be compared to some of the cities in Mexico where the drug lords have full control and the police are either incompetent or on the take.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    There are a lot people lacking any moral fiber in this city. I will be glad to retire somewhere else in a few more years.
  • by Grumpy Location: G'vegas on Oct 17, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    Dangerous town we live in !!!
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    Maybe this is another example of what has been demonstrated and is being commented on in the correctons officer with contriband. Maybe the thugs have finally mead it up the chain and into Gville's city council and putting all sorts of roadblocks up to prevent the real law from doing their jobs unfettered. Time for the National Guard, curfews, beatcops, and maybe a touch of "crisis management" techniques starting at the top tier.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    After midnight, it's just not a good idea to go down dark, lonely streets exposed in a rickshaw, much less half-lit streets. Crime is at an all-time high these days.
  • by In the know on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    The man pedaled home, not peddled, unless he was selling things on his way home. I know the owners named it Peddlin' Pirates, but the operators of those ricksahws pedal. Then again, perhaps they are peddling.
  • by uh Location: enc on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    So glad I moved out of the tar river neighborhood.. it's just not safe. TRUNA is busy making phone-threats and blackmails for weeding and grass violations, meanwhile houses are being robbed.
  • by G on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Too funny! So what if you see somebody in bright clothing wandering the streets? Don't think there is a clothing color tied to criminal activity. I get your point though. Suspicious persons...
  • by Rolo on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    This guy is working for tips and some POS trys to rob him and then shoots him.The downtown area is nothing but a hunting ground for these low life THUGS! This town is out of control.
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      by m on Oct 17, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to Rolo
      One of your illustrious city counselors has a lot to blame for this, wasn't she arrested and some how the charges were dropped. Shortly there after the city council decided to tone down the officers, when the bars let out? Start enforcing the ABC laws, fire code laws, three strikes and your out of business for a month, then let it reopen and if it continues to violate laws, SHUT down these downtown bars. This is a good start. But why has no one at city council stepped up to do their jobs? Time to vote these folks OUT.
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        by G on Oct 17, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to m
        The problem isn't the drinking college students, it's the people preying on them when they walk home.
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          by m on Oct 17, 2011 at 09:34 PM in reply to G
          It's both.
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        by R on Oct 17, 2011 at 07:53 PM in reply to m
        Your post has nothing to do with the story.Your using the shooting of a some one trying to make a few bucks for futhur your agenda. Get off your soap box you would fit right in the city council.
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      by What I'd Do... on Oct 17, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to Rolo
      Find the thug's mom & dad. Ask them why their boys are out robbing people.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 17, 2011 at 04:09 PM in reply to What I'd Do...
        First problem; good bet this thug ain't got no accountable mom & dad; probably stayed with grandpap and grandma most of their life time. I find that the Grandparents are more accountable and responsible, these days, than the parents are! God Bless them.
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        by billings on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM in reply to What I'd Do...
        Find the parents? I do not think the thugs can find them...
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          by One Day... on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:51 PM in reply to billings
          ....I hope that's made illegal.
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