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James Hooper Jr. (Courtesy of the Hart County Jail)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at three random vehicles Saturday on Interstate 65 in Hart County.

A woman driving on I-65 near the 58 mile marker called 911 on Saturday and said her vehicle another driver at her car, according to Trooper Daniel Priddy with Kentucky State Police. 

KSP said the woman was able to give police a description of the car, registration plate and a description of the driver.

According to court documents, a second call was made to 911 about 10 minutes later from another driver that she was shot in the thigh. The second driver giving police a similar description of the shooter. She was taken to Baptist Health Hardin and is expected to be OK.

Police pulled over the vehicle in question near the 84 mile marker in Hart County, where they arrested Louisville resident James Louis Hooper Jr. 

Troopers said in their investigation, they learned that a third vehicle was also shot at Saturday, but no one was hit. The third driver told troopers she had three bullet holes in her car.

According to court documents, Hooper told troopers he shot a gun, but he told troopers he threw it out of the window before he was pulled over. Troopers said they didn't find a gun, but there was a variety of ammunition and shell casings inside his car and Hooper had a knife on him.

"This is not a common occurrence and shocking that it would happen at all," said Capt. Paul Blanton with KSP Public Affairs.

KSP said it wasn't road rage, and the drivers shot at have no connection to Hooper.

"This was an isolated incident, and there does not appear to be any motive and we have no reason to believe holiday travelers are in any elevated danger," Blanton said.

However, KSP said if anyone feels unsafe on the road they can call 911.

Hooper, 51, is facing five counts of attempted murder and five counts of wanton endangerment. He was booked into the Hart County Jail on a $1 million bond.  He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 29.

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