Woman says God told her to open fire because of eclipse: police

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By journalsofus.com

A Florida woman claims she went on a shooting spree after God told her to do so because of the Total solar eclipse.

The Florida Highway Patrol announced in a Press release that the active shooter situation began on Monday, April 8, when Taylon Nichelle Celestine, 22, entered Florida’s Interstate 10 at the 112 mile marker driving a purple Challenger.

Celestine, originally from Georgia, allegedly began firing “multiple shots at another vehicle” within 5 miles of entering the interstate after telling hotel staff she was going to conduct a shooting “directed by God in relation to the solar eclipse.”

View of Monday’s total solar eclipse.

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The agency said bullets struck the passing vehicle “multiple times,” causing the driver to be hit by “shards of glass from the window and one bullet grazed his arm.”

After the driver was able to escape by heading to the shoulder of the road, Celestine allegedly began shooting at another vehicle near the 107 mile marker, striking the driver in the neck.

According to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, authorities learned of the shooting after reports were sent to Washington County Communications that someone “shot at other vehicles.”

The police department said in a public notice via Facebook that a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw Celestine exit the interstate and “head toward a rest area.”

View of the vehicle hit by bullets during Monday’s incident.

Florida Highway Patrol

“The vehicle then made a U-turn and attempted to return to the interstate. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle stopped,” the notice states.

After officers arrived at the scene, Celestine was “taken into custody without incident,” the department said.

The Florida Highway Patrol says an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun were recovered from Celestine’s vehicle, and she was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and improper discharge of a firearm.

“Currently, there appear to be two victims. One has been cleared and released, and the other is receiving medical care,” the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office added, noting that “there is no remaining threat to the community.”

PEOPLE have contacted the department for additional information.

The incident remains under ongoing investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence (BCII).

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