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'When he put a gun to my head, I tried not to overreact' Lyft driver speaks out after being shot by passenger

Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 19:38:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — A new mom who was driving for Lyft is recovering after a passenger shot her twice during an attempted robbery.

On Friday around 11p.m., Jeanne Felsted said her Lyft passenger placed her in a chokehold.

"When he put the gun to my head, I tried not to overreact," Felsted said.

In a fight or flight situation, she decided to fight, and she sprayed the gunman with pepper spray.

"At the same time I turned around, he started to shoot, and I was still spraying, got him in the eyes, and he shot me since I was turned, it went through the driver’s seat, and it went through my arm, and then he shot me again somehow in my leg. He must have jumped out and tried to aim towards me," Felsted said.

The gunman ran away near D.B. Todd Junior Blvd and Knowles Street.

"I took off, pressed on the gas, and was laying on my horn asking people for help," Felsted said.

During the chaos, all she could think about was her fiancee Matthew and son Oliver.

"My little baby... I just had him, and I hadn’t had much time with him yet. I didn’t want that to be the end of it," Felsted said, "I’ve only spent 3 months with him, I couldn’t leave him."

Police believe the gunman was trying to rob Felsted. An investigator told her the Lyft rider was using a stolen phone. To add insult to injury, over the weekend Jeanne went to the impound lot to retrieve her belongings, and some of it was gone.

"My bank card and my cash was stolen," Felsted said.

As detectives chase leads, Felsted hopes the gunman will be taken off the streets soon.

"He has a gun, you don’t know what he’s going to do next, I don’t want him to harm anyone else," Felsted said.

Jeanne rented her car through a Lyft program, so now she's trying to find a new way to help provide for her family. If you would like to help her during this difficult time she has a Go Fund Me page.