KENTUCKY: Pakistani Muslim driver shot dead in ‘random’ act of road rage

Christopher-McCullum-jpgA man has been charged with killing a Muslim father-of-three after he shot him while driving down a highway in Kentucky. Christopher L. McCullum, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky was driving on Interstate 71 on Wednesday, when he spotted Mukhtar Ahmed, 41, in a separate lane and opened fire.

UK Daily Mail  Ahmed was shot multiple times through the passenger door of his black SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the shooting was a ‘completely random act of road rage,’ as there was no connection between McCullum and his victim. However the local Pakistani-American community fear that it was a faith-based hate crime as Ahmed was a Muslim.

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Mukhtar Ahmed, Pakistani Muslim

Khalid Kahloon, Ahmed’s family attorney, told NBC News: ‘As a Muslim community living in America at this time, the community is very sensitive and apprehensive.’ ‘This is a source of great discomfort to the community as to why a member would be murdered in this way. 

Ahmed, an immigrant from Pakistan, had just dropped off his daughter at school and was driving on Interstate 71 in Louisville at 9 am, when the incident unfolded.

Eyewitnesses said the driver was dressed in overalls and was calmly chatting with officers after they got him out of the van.  He was arrested and charged with murder. But there is still no indication of what sparked the dispute. (Sudden Anti-Jihad Syndrome?)

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Police Chief Steve Conrad told local media: ‘I don’t exactly know the motive. It appears, based on what I know, to be some sort of road rage incident, but I don’t know that for a fact.’