Littrell, 36, said she was driving fares in Jackson on Tuesday when a customer took her hostage and escorted her to a secluded area before opening fire. She told reporters she was able to flee after playing dead, and was treated at a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Jackson police later charged 17-year-old Dontarius Magee in connection with the shooting.
Brandy Littrell Alive ‘By the Grace of God’
Littrell told WATP she had just driven Magee to Jackson apartment comlpex from nearby Byram, when the youth allegedly pulled out a gun.
“He wanted my PIN number to my phone, my debit cards, and wanted to know how much money I had in the bank, and wanted to know what was in my house,” the 36-year-old Lyft driver said. “I gave him whatever he wanted because I was just trying to stay alive.”
Authorities said that Magee then forced Littrell into the back seat of her Dodge Journey before driving his alleged victim to a wooded area off of Beasley Road, a few miles away.
Littrell said that Magee then forced her to crawl away from him through the forest.
“He said, ‘Get on your knees.’ So, I got on my knees,” she recounted. “And then I heard the first shot.”
The Lyft driver said she fell to the ground.
“I was trying to cover my face in case he kept shooting, which of course, he did,” she told WAPT.
In all, Littrell was shot seven times before her attacker left the scene. Alone in the woods and bleeding badly, the 36-year-old said she thought she was going to die.
But after a moment, she said, Littrell realized she was still alive. She told reporters she made her way to a nearby apartment to call for help.
“It took every strength in me,” she recalled. “Because, at this point, I am concerned [because] my grandmother is at my house, and I was worried he was going to go after her.”
“I’m just grateful my family is OK, that they were not harmed,” she said Wednesday.
Dontarius Magee Charged With Kidnapping
Jackson deputy police chief Deric Hearn said Wednesday that 17-year-old Dontarius Magee was taken into custody not far from the Beasley Road site where he allegedly shot Brandy Littrell.
Magee was charged with carjacking, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to WJTV, and is reportedly being jailed without bond as of Wednesday evening.
It’s not clear if the youth has a lawyer, or when he will be arraigned.
“He did confess to the crime,” Deputy Chief Hearn told WAPT. “He did confess to calling the female up for the Lyft driver,”
“It is my understanding through our interview with this individual, this is not the first time this has occurred,” he said, adding that Magee may be a suspect in other ongoing robbery investigations.
Lyft Issues Statement
Lyft, the ride-sharing company for which Littrell worked, issued a statement Wednesday.
“The incident described is horrific and our hearts go out to Ms. Littrell and her loved ones,” the statement read. “We’ve reached out to offer our support, have permanently removed the rider from the Lyft community, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.”
The company also said it was “exploring ways to expand the use of certain safety features and alerts to help prevent these kinds of incidents moving forward.”