Uber driver details narrow escape from armed passenger

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SAN DIEGO -- The Uber driver that was shot at after dropping off a passenger tells FOX 5 he narrowly escaped when the teen allegedly opened fire.

Brandon Williams says his car remains totaled with the back windshield blown out and bullet holes in the back seats.

"I really couldn't believe that he was actually shooting at me. It's like something out of a movie," Williams said.

The Uber driver was shot at multiple times after getting into an argument with one his passengers over posts made on social media.

"When I became aware of it, you know, I kind of got the phone away from them and got it back to him...but at that point he was livid and I didn't realize he was angry enough to make an attempt on my life," Williams said.

San Diego police officers surrounded a home on the 5500 block of San Onofre Terrace where a 16-year-old, who was accused of firing several bullets into the back window of an Uber driver's silver Mercedes, was inside. He came out and was arrested.

"He's a minor and he probably wasn't in his right state of mind, he wasn't thinking...I've forgiven the shooter and I want to get my property repaired and I want to be made whole from this incident," Williams said.

Williams has been deactivated as an Uber driver until the vehicle repairs can be made and he gets approval from the company's partner insurance company.

An 18-year-old and two other adults were also ordered out of the home, according to San Diego police officer Robert Heims.

Police said the Uber driver picked up the 16 and 18-year-old from Mission Beach around 10:45 p.m. and took them to the Valencia Park neighborhood. The driver was then called back after the teen forgot his phone, police said.

The 16-year-old boy realized he left his phone in the driver's car, and the driver agreed to bring the boy's phone back to him once he had taken care of his present fare.

"The (present) fare went through the phone and saw he was talking bad about the Uber driver, so they began posting things on social media," he said. "The Uber driver returned the phone and the 16-year-old got into an argument with the driver because of the posts."

The driver drove away, Heims said, and the 16-year-old boy fired several shots at the vehicle, shattering some of the windows.