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Uber Eats driver faces murder charge in shooting of customer

An Uber Eats driver accused of fatally shooting a customer outside his Atlanta home after an argument turned himself in Monday afternoon.

Robert Bivines, 36, was delivering food to 30-year-old Ryan Thornton’s home in the city’s Buckhead neighborhood Saturday night when the two men started exchanging words, Atlanta police said.

The driver fired several shots before fleeing the scene in a white Volkswagen. Thornton was taken to a local hospital where he died. Authorities didn’t say what the men said to each other.

Witnesses told investigators Thornton and the driver got into some sort of argument before the driver started shooting from inside the car, striking Thornton several times, according to WAGA-TV.

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Customers use the Uber Eats app to place food orders from participating restaurants, and the Uber driver picks up the food to deliver to their home.

Uber said it’s been cooperating with police and Bivines isn’t allowed to access the app.

“We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to Ryan’s friends and family,” the company said in a statement.

Bivines turned himself in after the police issued a warrant for him. He faces a murder charge and is being held in Fulton county jail.

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