GREENPOINT — A green cab driver was shot in the leg when two men tried to rob him at a red light early Friday morning, police said.
The 36-year-old driver had stopped at the intersection of Berry and North Eighth streets at 3:15 a.m. when two men approached him and his passenger in the back seat.
After the men demanded money from the intoxicated passenger the driver began to drive away, but one of the suspects fired his weapon, police said.
"The cabbie just stepped on the gas and tried to drive away," said Captain Peter Rose of the 94th Precinct. "And that's when he was shot."
The injured driver sped away from his assailant and stopped near North Second and Berry streets to call 911, police said.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he received treatment for the gunshot wound, police said.
"He's stable, conscious and alert," Rose said. The passenger was not hurt.
The two assailants have not been apprehended but police are canvassing the area for video and witnesses, according to Rose.
A shell casing was found inside the cab.