Family man murdered in Louisville highway shooting

Christopher L. McCullum is accused of fatally shooting Mukhtar Ahmed on Interstate 71.

Tragic news out of Kentucky... This week in Louisville, a 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a motorist while driving on Interstate 71.

Attorney identifies driver shot, killed on I-71

Christopher L. McCullum was charged with the murder of 41-year-old Mukhtar Ahmed, a husband and father of three, who was shot and killed in the southbound lanes of I-71 moments after dropping off his daughter at school. Ahmed was found dead in his SUV, which wound up in the highway median.

Mukhtar Ahmed, 41, an immigrant from Pakistan, had just dropped off his daughter at school when he was shot by another driver in the southbound lanes of I-71, near the Gene Snyder Freeway, around 9 a.m., according to Ahmed's family attorney.

Khalid Kahloon, a friend of the family, said Ahmed was a husband and father of a 13-year-old girl and two boys, ages 8 and 5.

Kahloon said the Pakistani American community in Louisville was devastated after learning of his death.

"He was a very peaceful man. They can't understand he would do anything to agitate anyone," he said.

McCullum pleaded not guilty at this arraignment Thursday morning.

What provoked the shooting? There appears to be no connection between Ahmed and McCullum. Investigators say they believe the shooting was a "completely random act of road rage." That's hardly comforting.

More here: Friends mourn, bury man fatally shot on I-71 Wednesday

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