Ryan Thornton, 30, of Atlanta, was shot after ordering food via the Uber Eats
He died of injuries after a shooting in Buckhead that police believe involved an Uber Eats driver.
Witnesses told Atlanta police the man ordered food via a smartphone app to be delivered to the 2800 block of Pharr Court South about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said.
As the man, whose name has not been released, walked away from the car with his order, “words may have been exchanged” between him and the delivery driver, Brown said.
After shots were fired, the driver left in a white Volkswagen, police said.
The man was rushed with multiple gunshot wounds to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died.
No arrests have been made.
A manhunt is now underway for the suspected UberEats driver:
Update; Driver turns himself in:
An Uber Eats driver has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a customer Saturday in Atlanta.
Authorities said Robert Bivines, 36, opened fire on 30-year-old Ryan Thornton late Saturday night in the city’s Buckhead neighborhood. Witnesses told police that after Bivines delivered the customer’s meal, he fired multiple shots, hitting Thornton, and then fled from the scene.
Patterson said that Bivines told him that Thornton was agitated by the time Bivines arrived because the driver had issues finding the location. Patterson said that when Bivines gave Thornton his food order, Thornton “jerked it” away and cursed at the driver. Thornton then reached into his jacket pocket and shouted “I’m going to f— you up,” according to Bivines’s attorney.
Before he was accused of killing one of his Uber Eats customers this past weekend, Robert Bivines had been arrested on aggravated assault charges in DeKalb County, according to jail records.
But the nearly decade-old offense wouldn’t have been flagged by Uber’s driver pre-screening process because it only tracks criminal records as far back as seven years, according to the company’s website.
Potential employees are subject to a driving history screening, and, if cleared, undergo a criminal background check in national, state and local databases, according to the Uber website.
The company said Bivines passed a background check and had been with the delivery company for only a week before the deadly shooting.
Update: Driver denied bond: