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      Midlands cab driver in critical condition after early morning shooting

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott is looking for two men in connection to the Saturday morning shooting of a local cab driver.

      Chief Scott says the incident happened after the cab driver picked up two males at 108 Bay Shell Drive, which is a vacant house.

      Authorities believe that the shooting may have taken place along the 3100 block of Hammond Avenue which is in the Belvedere Subdivision.

      Police say the cab driver drove himself to the hospital after the shooting and he TMs listed in critical condition.

      Investigators say this is the third similar incident involving two male suspects committing crimes against local cab drivers.

      Steve English works with Blue Ribbon Taxi he says in the past two weeks several guns have been pulled out on drivers.

      We do tell our drivers especially the ones that work after dark, to make sure that the customer comes out of the address not coming out of the side of the house, not sitting in the front yard but that they come out of the house, says Steve English, Blue Ribbon Taxi.

      English says he hopes the recent incidents will not affect services for reliable customers.

      CPD Investigators have been contacting and meeting with cab companies in the Columbia area to offer crime prevention and safety tips.

      Columbia police say the first incident happened Friday morning June 24. A Blue Ribbon cab driver was dispatched to 3633 High Circle.

      The victim told police that at that location two male suspects approached the cab with weapons, fired a shot and demanded money. No one was injured during this incident.

      The second incident happened at approximately 3 o TMclock in the morning on Sunday, June 26, 2011, a Yellow Checker cab driver picks up two men from 739 Carnegie Street.

      The suspects ask the driver to stop at 3618 High Circle where the men are accused of demanding money from cab driver at gunpoint.

      The suspects are also accused of firing a weapon at the victim. No one was injured in this incident.

      A victim describes one of the suspects as a black male, between the ages of 20-30- years-old with dreadlocks, wearing white shorts, a blue shirt, and a blue bandana.