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Cab driver killed, female passenger wounded in Detroit shooting

A cab driver is dead and a woman is in critical condition following an early morning shooting on Detroit's northwest side, NBC News has confirmed.

Police said a gunman opened fire Thursday morning following a verbal altercation. The shooter then took off with the cab, which was later recovered on the city's east side, police said.

The gunman is still on the loose and police have no suspects.

The 46-year-old female passenger was wounded and taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

The owner of the cab company, Metropolitan Cab, told NBC affiliate WDIV that cab driver, 48, was a hard-working man with a family.

According to The Detroit News, Mayor Dave Bing and interim Police Chief Chester Logan are scheduled to release information about the city's 2012 crime statistics later Thursday.

Detroit recorded 375 murders in 2012, according to the police department's website, a 12.3 percent rise from 344 killings in 2011.

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