Woman Who Claims God Told Her to Shoot Because of Solar Eclipse Shoots at Drivers on Florida Interstate, Police Say

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By journalsofus.com


A woman left a Florida hotel and told staff she was going to carry out a God-directed shooting because of the solar eclipsehe then shot two drivers on Interstate 10 before being arrested and charged with attempted murder on Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Taylon Nichelle Celestine, 22, of Georgia, entered the highway 115 miles from the Alabama border in the Florida Panhandle and headed west. She was driving a purple Dodge Challenger with Georgia plates, authorities said.

Within a 5-mile radius, he fired several shots at a passing car, spraying the car’s windows and grazing the driver in the arm, the department said in a statement. statement.

He then shot at a second vehicle, hitting the driver in the neck. The driver was injured and was treated at a hospital.

A woman shot two drivers on Interstate 10 before being arrested and charged with attempted murder Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Officers stopped the woman after she drove approximately 16 miles and found her with an AR-15 rifle and a 9mm handgun. She was arrested and booked into the Holmes County Jail. She was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper discharge of a firearm.

The Florida Highway Patrol did not provide details about Celestine’s bond or legal representation.

Florida was not in the total solar eclipse path of totalityBut millions watched the eclipse as it moved across a swath of the country.

While officials did not warn of any expected increase in crime during the eclipse, experts did warn that this rare event could cause an increase in fatal car accidents.

The United States experienced a temporary but substantial increase in fatal car crashes during the previous North American total solar eclipse in 2017, researchers said in a letter published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It is unclear if there were any fatal accidents related to Monday’s eclipse.

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