Cops ID Man Caught on Tape in Livery Cab Shooting

Victim is still in critical condition

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:43 AM EDT
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Police are looking for the man in this video.

Police are looking for the man in this video.

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Police Monday say they have identified a man caught on a livery cab's surveillance tape, describing him as a "person of interest" in the shooting of the car's driver.

Investigators say the video was taken by the camera inside the car and shows a man in his 20's, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The man clearly pulls a gun on the driver.

A reliable tip came into police about the identity of the man, though his name has not been released.  Police continue to hunt for him, describing him only as a person of interest.

The victim, who has been identified by the cab company as Trevor Bell, 53, of St. Albans, is in critical condition. The incident happened on a dead-end street in South Ozone Park, cops and witnesses said.

Bell was hit in the neck while sitting behind the wheel of a gold Chevy Impala at 122nd Street near Sutter Avenue, police said.  The shooting happened around 10 p.m., and the victim was brought to Jamaica Hospital.

Bell had been working for Big D's Car Service for almost seven months, said owner Frank Favors, 71.

"He's a very nice guy," Favors said.

Favors also said the suspect had come into the service's headquarters and specifically asked for a ride to the dead end before the killing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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