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Witnesses say they saw alleged I-71 shooter fire from window of white van

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have revealed new information about the alleged gunman in what they call a road rage shooting on Interstate 71.

An LMPD detective took the stand as attorneys asked about the shooting last month on I-71. Police say Christopher McCullum shot and killed 41-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad as he was driving a black Lexus along I-71 around 9 a.m. on Feb. 25.

During a hearing on Monday, an LMPD homicide described statements from witnesses.

Det. Daniel Goldberg with the LMPD Homicide Unit told the court that one woman said "she heard shots, saw him with a handgun pointing outside the vehicle. Another witness also saw his white van with him aiming outside the vehicle. We have multiple witnesses."

Detective Goldberg testified that it was one single gunshot that caused the death of Mukhtar Ahmad.

He says McCullum was identified with help from those drivers.

“His plate, the same witness who saw the defendant operating the vehicle described him as a white male..the following morning she made a statement to detectives saying the individual on the news was in fact the individual that shot the victim,” said Detective Goldberg.

Authorities say they later caught up with McCullum on I-64 Eastbound on the Blankenbaker Parkway ramp and got a search warrant for his van.

“Based off memory we removed 45 caliber shell casings out of the vehicle, live ball 45 caliber rounds, live 9 millimeter 45 caliber rounds, and live shotgun shells out of the vehicle,” said Detective Goldberg.

Police didn't say whether the bullets match the one that hit the victim. It was sent off to a KSP lab.

As WDRB previously reported, last July during a divorce case, a judge said McCullum had a history of mental illness and substance abuse.

Court records show he was later pulled over by police in October carrying four loaded handguns, two rifles, a crossbow, drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Most of the guns were eventually returned to him after a plea deal.

As for this latest incident, McCullum remains behind bars.

“Based on the testimony of the detective, I'm of a belief that the felony crime of murder occurred and that it is likely that the defendant committed that felony crime,” the judge said.

The judge sent the case to a Grand Jury. That is expected to take place in early April.

McCullum remains jailed on a $100,000 full cash bond.

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