Taxi driver shot dead after picking up passenger in downtown Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Last month, CBS 58 told you about a cab driver who was robbed and then shot dead after picking up a passenger in downtown Milwaukee.

Now her family has come from Pakistan, hoping someone will show up and help them get justice.

Shahbaz Imran spoke to his wife in Pakistan every day.

In fact, he spoke to her two hours before he was shot on October 2, 2021.

Sahrish Zareen held back tears as she thought of her husband.

“Just thinking about what happened to her and the fact that I don’t have her in my life anymore is the biggest pain,” she said.

Police released photos of the last passenger Imran picked up that evening at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station on St. Paul Avenue.

He is now the prime suspect they believe may be in the Appleton area.

“We are looking for any information that can identify it.”

Shortly before 10 a.m. a phone call came in about a shooting at 1834 W. Walnut Street.

About an hour later, someone found Shahbaz Imran’s body in a nearby alley. At about the same time, detectives received a call indicating that a yellow cab was on fire in a church parking lot at 60th and Custer.

“It is a horrible crime committed against a member of our community.”

His wife says it’s hard to believe this happened to him.

“It’s very hard to describe, the guy always had a positive attitude, no conflict with anyone – not with me, kids, family, friends. He was such a loving person. Everyone. loved him. “

Shahbaz Imran, 44, was a well-known professional hockey player in Pakistan, then moved to the United States.

He had been a taxi driver here for over 20 years.

“He was in Pakistan last May, he spent a lot of time with his kids, especially with the youngest. He got very close to the youngest girl. Yeah, that was the last memories she has, or children have, when he was there in May in Pakistan. “

Sahrish, his three children, his father and his brother-in-law have been in the United States for weeks. They had services for Imran here. But she worries about returning to Pakistan now that he’s gone.

“My husband was the money maker in the family and now he’s gone, I don’t know what life is going to be like, who is going to support us and what will happen to my children, to me or to her. family. No idea what life will go on without him. “

But she says she has no plans to return until she gets justice and asks Milwaukee to intervene.

“With this guy, no matter who did it, all I can do is expect him to surrender and show up and say I did this, for my closure and for shutting down my family. I ask the police department and the people of this town, if they have any information, please introduce yourself and say so, so at least me and my kids can have some sort of closing and Imran can get justice. ”

If you know anything about who killed Shahbaz Imran and are afraid to come forward, don’t worry, your call to Milwaukee Crime Stoppers 414-224-TIPS is still anonymous.

No one will ever know who you are, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you get $ 1,000 in cash.

Mark M. Gagnon