Taxi cab driver fatally shot in Belmont

A taxi driver was fatally shot in Belmont early Monday morning.

Police say they found Mamadou Barry, 39, dead in his green Lincoln Town Car on Beaumont Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head at around 1:30 a.m.

Witnesses tell News 12 that they heard three shots before the car crashed into a hair salon. The family says it was his passenger that pulled the trigger.

Members of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers were at the scene of the incident calling for police to bring back their stop-and-frisk policy. They are also demanding safety programs be put in place for cab drivers.

In addition, fellow cab drivers say Barry didn't have a partition in his cab. They have been pushing for legislation that would mandate that all cabs have a partition and surveillance. Members of the Livery Base Owners Association say they regret not having both a partition and surveillance video in Barry's car.

Livery drivers have tied black ribbons to their cars in honor of Barry.

The latest incident marks the second murder of a driver in the city over the last few days. A Brooklyn cab driver was stabbed to death last Thursday.

Police say the suspect was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and light pants. Police are reviewing surveillance video taken from Barry's cab.

Barry leaves behind three children and a pregnant wife.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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