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Last night, a food delivery worker for DoorDash was shot at twice and hit once, according to KTLA. This took place in La Mirada, and a call to the police was made at around 11:40 PM. The female victim claims that she was being followed by another vehicle, about until she reached a stop sign, when she heard a gunshot. Though the first shot did not hit her, the gunman’s second shot did make it through the door and make contact with the unidentified victim.
Initially, she was hospitalized but her conditions were not known, but we now know that her condition has stabilized. MSN reports that this case may be related to another case that happened just hours before in the city of Whittier. The only connection for now, is that both incidents were shootings where the gunman was in a silver sedan. Presently, there are no confirmed suspects for either incident.
This happens around the same time that rollout for new safety features within the DoorDash app have been added, and it’s to be noted that the food delivery app is partnering with ADT for this emergency system. MSN describes that an agent will stay on the line with drivers if they feel unsafe, and won’t leave until the driver feels safe again. If there’s no response from the driver’s end, ADT immediately calls 911. The emergency system also allows these delivery drivers to call for emergency services immediately, with the added benefit that an ADT agent will stay in contact with the driver through text message in the meantime.
The Seattle Times interviewed Ronae Christensen, a current DoorDash driver, for her thoughts on the matter. She claims that, in situations prior, she’d been able to reach out to DoorDash support for help. However, she states that her reception of this feature is much better, as the ADT agents fell less far away from the issue. This is not the first app to have provided emergency services to its workers, as Lyft is also partnered with ADT for similar purposes. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Instacart and Uber also have emergency contact services located within their respective apps, the former adding their features last year.
Safety features like this don’t come without precedent, unfortunately. The Las Vegas Sun also makes reference to these services being necessary because of a number of other food delivery related incidents. One DoorDash driver in Ohio was beaten to death in March because of confusion regarding the delivery’s correct address. In the same month, an UberEats driver was attacked by two teens in Washington DC. The pair used a stud gun on the driver, ultimately leading to the car’s crash and the driver’s death. A DoorDash driver was also shot to death in Maryland, back in August.