Unlicensed cabbie fatally shot near Parade Place

BROOKLYN - Police say a 45-year-old gypsy cab driver was fatally shot at Parade Place and Crooke Avenue early this morning.

Police say they arrived to find the cab had crashed into a parked vehicle. The driver was lying on the ground behind his car with gunshot wounds in his torso, according to EMS.

The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fernando Mateo, head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, says the driver was posing his black Crown Victoria as a livery cab, but was not licensed to do so.

Mateo says it is the perfect example of why cracking down on illegal cab drivers is more important than cracking down on drivers using cell phones.

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