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UberEats Delivery Driver Wanted After Gunning Down Customer in Atlanta

20 February 2018

The Atlanta Police Department issued a warrant for the arrest of 36-year-old Robert Bivines Monday for the felony murder of 30-year-old Atlanta resident Ryan Thornton.

An Uber-eats driver in Georgia accused of killing a customer turned himself in to police.

The incident which occurred in Atlanta, USA, on Saturday at 11.30pm, reportedly happened when the 30-year-old male victim was walking away from the driver after receiving his order. That's when words were exchanged between the delivery driver and the customer, police said.

The driver fled in a white Volkswagen, police said.

'We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to [Ryan Thornton's] friends and family, ' Uber Eats said in a statement.

Patterson said Thornton was irate that it took a while for his food to arrive.

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Thornton's uncle told WXIA that his nephew "was a good boy" who had recently started a new job after receiving a political science degree from Morehouse College. He added that the driver passed a background check before delivering meals under Uber for about a week. The police department responded to a call mid-Saturday of a person being shot in a north Atlanta neighborhood.

Uber's driver screening process includes a review of motor vehicle records and a criminal history search at the county, state and federal level.

"President David A. Thomas said that the Morehouse community stands at the ready to support Thornton's family during this hard time". Jackie Patterson said Thorton became upset because the delivery was late.

Patterson said Bivines then saw Thornton turn around and reach into his jacket pocket.

Bivines is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Tuesday.

UberEats Delivery Driver Wanted After Gunning Down Customer in Atlanta