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An Uber driver was packing more than his cell phone in Mid-City early Monday, New Orleans police said.

Police said the ride-share service driver, 44, let a fare out at the corner of N. Telemachus and Bienville streets around 1:20 a.m. Monday. Two unknown men then jumped into his vehicle and forced him to drive, police said.

Officials said in a police log that the men then forced the driver out at an unknown location on Bienville Street. The driver then shot at the robbers, wounding one of them, police said. Both perpetrators jumped out of the victim's vehicle and fled, police said.

Uber's official policy prohibits both drivers and riders from carrying guns. But a similar incident occurred with another driver in December, according to police. The driver hit a bystander who was working as a hotel bellhop in that case, police said.

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