The passenger shot the driver at 1:30 p.m. while trying to take the car at the end of ride in the 4200 block of West Maypole Avenue, Chicago police said.
Officers found the 48-year-old driver with a gunshot wound to the chest in the back of his Dodge Charger, police said.
The man, a Lyft driver, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was serious, according to the Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt, who at first incorrectly said the driver had died.
Lyft said in a statement: “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the incident described is horrific. We have reached out to the driver to offer our support, removed the rider from the Lyft platform and stand ready to assist law enforcement with any investigation.”
No arrest was reported.
Police have reported several instances of ride-share drivers targeted in carjackings by their passengers. In February, a 33-year-old man who was pulled out of his vehicle at gunpoint in West Town. Also that month, two teens were charged with carjacking ride-share drivers in the Lawndale neighborhood.
Chicago police responded to 340 carjackings in January and February. Last year, 1,417 carjackings were reported across the city, more than double than the previous year.
In another recent Chicago carjacking, surveillance video shows two men approaching a man and woman in line outside West Town Car wash on Saturday afternoon.
Two men approached the victims, a man and woman in their 30s, as they waited in line at a car wash in the 400 block of North Halsted Street, Chicago police said.
One man is seen pointing a handgun at the driver, demanding his belongings, while the other takes the female passenger’s things. The armed pair then takes off in the victim’s Land Rover. The couple was uninjured.
Now, police are trying to track down the perpetrators in these West Side carjackings and hundreds of others.
WLS-TV contributed to this report.