Cabbie shot

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

A 60-year-old cab driver was shot in the left leg on Keesler Drive during a robbery attempt, according to a Dallas County Sheriff’s Department report.

Albert Blocton, a driver with Eastside Cab Company, was picking up a rider on the night shift when a man tried to rob him at gunpoint at 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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Blocton said he was called to a fare on Keesler. When he arrived, an unknown male approached him.

The man shot through the driver’s side door, hitting Blocton in the upper left leg.

Blocton said the bullet stopped short of exiting out his leg near his groin.

Doctors told him it was too dangerous to remove right now, he said.

Blocton is at home recovering now, after spending all day Wednesday and part of Thursday at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

He said it wasn’t the first time someone’s tried to rob him.

He said it was the first time he’s been shot.

Blocton was carrying $61 to make change with when the robbery occurred.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, who responded to the call, released a description of the attacker Thursday.

He’s a black male, of medium build, and about 5’11.&8221;

Officials said anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CRIMESTOPPERS. All information is confidential.

Blocton said he’s going to make some changes after he’s healed up and can drive.