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Two gunmen on the loose after attempting to rob a cab driver

11:25 AM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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Knoxville police are looking for two men who are accused of attempting to rob taxicab driver Ronald Layne, 60, with guns over the weekend.

Fast Service Taxi Manager Cheikh Seck said, "He's still shaken up and doesn't even want to talk to people. He's scared. He knows he could have been taken away from his family and his life could have ended with a bullet in the back of his head."

Taxicab #6 is now filled with bullet holes and broken glass.

Police say Saturday around 4:00 a.m. Layne picked up the two men near Prestwick Ridge Apartments, which is about five blocks away from Fast Service Taxi's office. When the men got inside the taxi, Seck said Layne told him the men, both armed with pistols, immediately demanded money.

Seck said, "Having two kids behind you and somebody pointing a gun at you. Thank God they missed. I don't know how they did, but they did. They missed him twice. When he pushed the guys is when they missed him. That's when they were shooting."

A total of eight bullet holes can be seen on the minivan, including two through the front windshield on the driver's side and one inside the taxicab above the rear passenger's window.

Layne called Fast Service Taxi Dispatcher Lamont Hardwick for help.

Hardwick said, "He was frantic and hollering, 'They're shooting at me! They're shooting at me!'"

Hardwick said he immediately called 911. Seconds later, the cab driver sped into the company's parking lot.

"I looked out of the door and he had both car doors open, on a flat tire, pulling into the parking lot," Hardwick said.

Fast Service Taxi's manager said the two gunmen hopped out of the taxicab just after the shooting and got away with no money. Meanwhile, Layne escaped with his life.

"He's lucky that he's alive. He could have been dead. It could have been a different thing," Seck said.

Seck said Layne was not physically harmed in any way.

The description of the two gunmen is vague; however Knoxville police say they are following leads at this time.

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