Motorist stuck on interstate gets close-up view of accused I-71 shooter

Motorist stuck on interstate gets close-up view of accused I-71 shooter

. - 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."

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