Milwaukee (CBS 58)-A taxi driver was shot dead at work. The news of his death made the entire Milwaukee taxi industry shudder.
The murder of Imran Shahbaz occurred more than a week ago.
The police made no mention of the case while trying to find the killer.
Shahbaz came to the United States more than 10 years ago to find a better life.
“He is a supporter of his family, you know, he supports his parents, he supports his wife and children, you know,” said friend and colleague Munoirzaman.
In Yellow Cab, the two became friends, but more like brothers.
“He is my best friend,” Zaman said. “Even though most people didn’t tell his real name, so we called him Julie, you know, his nickname.”
On Saturday, October 2nd, Shahbaz started a night shift on a multimodal transport vehicle outside Amtrak while talking on the phone with friends.
“The guy said he wanted to go to N. 18th Street. After that, his phone was disconnected, and after that he made three or four calls and he never answered the phone again,” Zaman said.
Police found Shahbaz’s body in an alley behind 18th and Walnut.
A few hours later, they found his taxi on fire on the 60th and Silver Spring.
“Drivers, they don’t want to work at night,” said Ali Mohammed of Yellow Cab Milwaukee Co-op. “Yes, they are afraid.”
Shahbaz works for Ali Mohammed.
Mohamed said: “I will ask every driver to be careful, I hope they can find out who did it, and he will be punished by law.”
Shahbaz is bringing his wife and three children from Pakistan to the U.S. A friend said he used to play hockey there.
Now a gofundme has been established to help his grieving family.
“They don’t have any insurance, life insurance or anything, so anything can help his family,” Mohamed said.
Zaman said: “We have lost very good friends, very good friends, and still sad, no one wants to go to work.”
Milwaukee police said Shahbaz was shot and killed.
They will continue to look for clues in this case.