A 22-year-old mother of two died in an apparent road rage shooting.
Christopher Taylor, 39, was arrested in Box Elder, South Dakota, by police on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the killing of Whitney Gray in Independence, Missouri.
Gray was driving a minivan with her two sons, an 8-month-old and a 3-year-old, along with a 16-year-old relative, on Oct. 16.
According to court records, Taylor was closely tailgating Gray’s minivan, in an attempt to pass her, nearly causing an accident.
Witnesses said they heard a gunshot immediately after a passenger in the front seat of Gray’s vehicle threw a drink onto Taylor’s SUV, reports The Kansas City Star.
Taylor opened fire on Gray “due to road rage,” according to a press release form the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
When the emergency team arrived, Gray was pronounced dead at the scene. The three children in the minivan were unharmed.
Authorities later obtained security video showing Gray’s minivan being tailed by a white Toyota Sequoia.
Witnesses told police Taylor’s SUV may have been involved in the road rage incident they saw on the news.
On Oct. 17, Taylor’s boss noticed he had failed to show up for work, which was unusual for him.
Taylor’s relatives became suspicious after he packed his belongings and left his home in Independence, Missouri. Calls from his boss and relatives went straight to his voice mail.
Authorities used a GPS tracking device, with the help of a car dealership, to trace Taylor, who was at a hotel 700 miles away in South Dakota.
His bail is set at $100,000, according to Daily Mail.
“The Independence Police Department and our community deserve praise for working together to bring this suspect to justice,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a written statement. “Our community has shown again it will not tolerate such senseless violence.”
Gray’s family has created a $25,000 crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the mother’s funeral costs.
The victim’s brother, Dylan Gray, went on Facebook calling Taylor “a son of a b----.”
Before Taylor’s arrest, Dylan wrote, “One step at a time sanity be with me and my family through these raging emotions and pain nothing will ever bring my baby sister back but this coward is gonna pay for what he has done.”