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A Music City rideshare driver got more than his typical fare when a man wanting a ride to some nearby projects became agitated in his car and began making threats. As the rider’s anger grew for unknown reasons, he pulled a gun on the driver in an effort to kidnap him.

The 44-year-old driver, Dalvin Campbell, attempted a call to 911, telling the dispatcher he was being kidnapped at gunpoint.

“Campbell first called 911 around 10 p.m. Monday from the 1100 block of Broadway. The call disconnected before the dispatcher was able to obtain additional information,” according to WZTV Nashville reported.

Fourteen minutes later, Campbell dialed 911 again, this time telling the dispatcher “that he had shot a man who robbed and kidnapped him.” Campbell claimed self-defense to police who arrived at the scene.

Police found 23-year-old Kyrin Gardner lying unconscious on the ground on the sidewalk near the parked rideshare car. He had several extra holes in him that he didn’t start the ride out with and lying next to his body was a loaded pistol. Campbell’s handgun was lying in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.

Gardner died at the scene.

Police told WZTV that Campbell fully cooperated with homicide detectives and accompanied them to the station where he provided a full statement. Defense attorneys typically advise people involved in a shooting to withhold making any statements until they have an attorney present, but in this situation, it appears Campbell’s gamble worked. Police let him leave the station after taking his statement, although they say the investigation is still ongoing.

Perhaps the biggest lesson to take away from this if you’re a rideshare driver, regardless of if you drive for Uber or Lyft or both, while it may slightly ding your driver rating, maybe decline those rides that have you dropping people off in the projects. Delivery to such areas by pizza delivery drivers hasn’t historically worked out very well. So much so that most pizza chains such as Domino’s and Papa Johns, won’t deliver to high-crime neighborhoods.

And it’s a fact, while Campbell should rightfully avoid any further legal hassles after what police believe to be a clear-cut case of self-defense, he won’t be getting five stars on this ride from his passenger.

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  1. ” … while it may slightly ding your driver rating, maybe decline those rides that have you dropping people off in the projects.”

    Oh … you filthy racist! Debbie will be really upset with you!


    • johnny boy…What part don’t you understand about decent Black Americans knowing full well about the crime happening in the inner cities? In other words shut your piehole and let them deal with it…That is unless you want to hop on your tricycle and pedal down to the hood and straighten things out…no sarc, no bs.

      • Debbie, you really should give the racist thing a rest. Yes, it is true, but it’s not the driving force behind every bad thing in the United States. I was born and worked in the only predominantly black county in Florida. I’m taking about working in the tobacco fields on Sonny Suber’s farm when I was twelve until I retired from the Sheriff’s Office ten years ago. I was a frequent flyer at section 8 housing. Most don’t want out of Johnson’s great society. In the meantime, I just got off the PX with Obie. Black as a lump of coal. Friend of mine for years. Hunted, broke bread and shared a bourbon often. Another friend, also black, is running for tax collector in our county. l put one of his campaign signs in my mother’s yard. It’s across the street from an elementary school. Hundreds of people see it every day. Oh, I’m taking a woman and her 13 year old grandson fishing at the farm tomorrow. Caroline said he’s only been once and wants to him away from video games. They’re African American. I’ve had people offer me money to fish at the farm and turned them away. If the young man enjoys fishing he’s going to enjoy tomorrow afternoon when he gets out of school. Supposed to be in the mid seventies and not a cloud in the sky.

  2. Although legal issues are unlikely, if he worked for either Lyft or Uber, he will be getting a pink slip. But between losing your life and losing your job, I’ll pick the former every time.

    • I can always find another job. Multiple times in my life I have carried on the job when it violated company rules. I don’t care. The company wasn’t going to raise my kids.

      Over a working life of many decades I had two co-workers murdered. One with the much maligned .25 acp. 2 other coworkers were killed, on the job by a drunk driver. 1 was killed by bad weather and a train.

      All these happened on the job.

    • You are probably right about that Mark N. Poor guy will probably lose his job over that. But I agree with you too, you can’t find another job if you’re dead! Excellent point.

  3. In the interest of equity, these company’s algorithms will detect declining fares in urban areas and they will terminate your services. There is no choice – at least long term. As can be inferred by a copious stream of news reports, they’d rather you die than use common sense, so someone’s widdy biddy feelings don’t get hurt.

  4. Too many Yankees and Californians have moved to Nashville area, and they’ve been dropping off imported underclass by the busload since the old plagiarist came in.

  5. Someone should be reaching out to see what can be done for this hero! No car, no job but we know bills dont stop. #supportcampbell

  6. “Kyrin” eh? Lol! Yup I don’t be needing no mugshot to determine the demographic.

    As for Dalvin, the driver …. good for him though Son of Kamala “Kyrin” will still be voting Democrat for centuries to come.


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