Lyft driver, pedestrian shot in south Phoenix

PHOENIX - A family friend is speaking out after a Lyft driver was shot in south Phoenix on Saturday morning. 

The incident happened around 2:15 a.m. near Central and Southern avenues. 

While Phoenix police were searching the area, they discovered two men who were shot. 

40-year-old Lyft driver Jonathan Trainor was in the drive-thru of a restaurant when he was struck by gunfire. Two passengers who were with him at the time were not injured, police said. 

Amanda Hamalka, a close family friend of Trainor said Jonathan was working for Lyft to make extra money because he's a single dad and provides support for his dad as well."

"He had told his son he'd be home at 3 AM that morning, so we're assuming it was his last pick up of the night, and he was shot, by gunfire, at a drive-through at a Jack in the Box."

Lyft released the following statement to ABC15: "Our thoughts are with the driver and his family during this difficult time. Since we were made aware of this incident early Saturday morning, we have been working to make contact with his driver and his family.  Our concern is with his well-being, and we will assist in any way we can.  We stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation."

Police said Monday that Trainor remains in extremely critical condition. The second victim suffered serious injuries but is expected to be OK.

On Friday September 28, Phoenix police announced they had arrested two people in connection to the shooting. On September 26, detectives developed probable cause to arrest 18-year-old Eric Vela and a 17-year-old suspect. Vela has been in custody since April 27 on two other aggravated assault charges

Police ask that anyone with information call the department, or reach out to Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Hamalka has set up a PayPal account to support Trainor and his son. You can donate or communicate with her by email at ahalamka@cox.net. 

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