Suspect identified after Yellow Cab driver dies in shooting outside Kroger in Montrose

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor, Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter

HOUSTON - A suspect has been identified after a Yellow Cab driver was shot to death outside a Kroger in Montrose Monday, police said.

The shooting was reported at 1:10 p.m. in a Kroger's parking lot in the 3000 block of Montrose Boulevard. 

Houston police said Jiterion Kelger, 19, was charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury after being accused of shooting a Yellow Cab driver. 

Police said the cab driver, 50-year-old Michael Ubani, was struck in the abdomen by gunfire. Police said Kelger was seen leaving the scene in a black sedan. 

"I just (saw) the car pull off and a couple of people ran," Braylon Landry, a witness, said.

Ubani was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition. It was announced Tuesday that he died from his injuries, according to police. 

VIDEO: Aerials of Yellow Cab shooting in Montrose 

Investigators detained several persons of interest and witnesses at the scene. Police were able to locate the suspect's vehicle and two of its passengers from the information given by witnesses, which led to the identification of Kelger, officials said. 

Police are searching for Kelger. 

Yellow Cab released the following statement:

“We are all heartbroken to learn of the passing of Michael earlier this morning. We will miss his warm heart and charitable attitude towards others. As a 19 year veteran independent taxi driver in Houston, he will always be remembered as a friendly cab driver that worked hard to provide for his family. Yellow Cab is thankful for the efforts of the Houston Police Department and is hopeful that they will have the suspect in custody soon.”

Anyone with information on Kelger's whereabouts is asked to call the Houston Police Department Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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