. - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Morning rush hour became a murder scene with yellow tape and an interstate closed because a driver was shot dead.
It started around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning on southbound I-71 inside the Gene Snyder Freeway. Police took a man into custody a few hours later at the Blankenbaker exit on I-64.
Chris McCullum, 43, was put into handcuffs after police surrounded his van. He has a criminal history that includes many traffic violations, trespassing and a charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon in October.
That last charge was later dropped and merged with a marijuana possession conviction and a 90-day suspended jail sentence.
Judging from the sheer number of officers at the scene where police found McCullum, it was apparent that this was a high-priority.
"When we pulled up, there were 15 or 20 police cruisers," said Tyler Ferrell, who with his wife and a family member were driving to Louisville for a job interview. He just happened upon the incident.
"Before we came, we noticed that 71 was shut down," Ferrell said. "We noticed that there was a shooter, you know a homicide, and we kind of put together that it might be it.
"We see a guy in bibs, he looked like he had been working," Ferrell continued. "I mean he looked really normal. I noticed his van and his clothing and everything kind of goes along with the van and everything."
Ferrell said the interstate drama wasn't anything he's used to seeing.
"We're from a small town," he said. "We have three (police) cruisers in the whole town."