It takes a special kind of psycho to whip out a firearm and shoot another motorist just because they pissed you off.
Nonetheless, America sees far more of these kind of crimes than we should.
Earlier this year, there was the shocking case of mother-of-six Julie Eberly who was shot dead in North Carolina by Dejywan Floyd after Floyd judged that her hubby, who was driving, had come too close to comfort to his vehicle.
This week, the perpetrator in a similarly awful case was convicted and faces a minimum of 30 years in prison to life without parole for his 2018 slaying of a complete stranger.
A New Jersey jury on Tuesday found 40-year-old Kader Mustafa guilty of murder and five other crimes in a random highway shooting that claimed the life of 24-year-old Sciasia Calhoun, various local media reported.
The jury in Monmouth County also found Mustafa guilty of two counts of endangering the welfare of another person, Calhoun’s boyfriend and the couple’s infant, who were both in the car with Calhoun when she was fatally shot while driving on Route 33. The boyfriend and baby were unharmed.
Mustafa was also found guilty of two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Calhoun was driving home on westbound Route 33 with her daughter, then 1, and boyfriend in the car when she was shot while attempting to exit the highway at the Halls Mills Road exit ramp in Freehold Township, authorities said. She died about an hour later at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township.
Prosecutors said Calhoun, her boyfriend and child were complete strangers to Mustafa.
Calhoun was driving behind a white Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows on the night she was murdered, prosecutors said. After she passed the Impala on the highway, it followed closely behind her, with its high beams flashing.
Calhoun’s boyfriend told her to get off at the next exit and, as she was attempting to do so, he heard a bang, and Calhoun’s head slumped into his lap, bleeding, prosecutors said.
Shortly afterward, a local patrolman spotted a white Impala with tinted windows headed west on Route 33 and took down its plate number.
Mustafa was arrested in the Impala the following morning in Manalapan, after authorities learned he was the registered owner of the car. Police recovered a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a .38-caliber revolver from the vehicle.
Mustafa’s girlfriend, who was in the car with him when he as arrested, told authorities she also was with him the night before and saw him pull a gun, point it at the victim’s car and fire a single shot, prosecutors said.
Calhoun’s killing came amid a spate of highway shootings in Monmouth County in April and May 2018, including one in which 54-year-old Neptune resident Earl “Everlasting” Sanders was fatally shot on April 28, 2018, while driving on Route 18 in Colts Neck.
“This was a chilling, senseless crime, committed against a total stranger in the dead of night, in front of the victim’s horrified boyfriend and young child,” said Lori Linskey, acting Monmouth County prosecutor. “We thank the jury for their service and are deeply gratified to know that while today’s verdict can’t bring Sciasia Calhoun back, this defendant will be kept off the streets and brought to justice for his actions.”