A mother of six was fatally shot during a road rage incident in North Carolina, officials said Thursday.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Thursday that officers found 47-year-old Julie Eberly of Mannheim, Pa., shot in her car near exit 22 on Interstate 95 north of Lumberton, N.C.
Authorities said that she was shot through the passenger door. Eberly was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Eberly’s husband, Ryan Eberly, who was driving, was not injured.
The sheriff’s office said that the couple came close to the suspect as they were merging into a lane. The suspect then came alongside the passenger side of the couple’s car, rolled down his window and fired multiple shots. One of the shots struck Eberly.
Witnesses said that the suspect sped off and exited the highway. The suspect’s car was described as a 2010 model Chevrolet Malibu or Impala, silver or grey in color with tinted windows and possibly with chrome around the window frame.
Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said in a statement that the Eberlys’ six children were not with them at the time of the incident.
“This was an innocent family from Pennsylvania headed to the beach for a vacation” Wilkins said in a statement. “Thankfully they had left their six children at home with grandparents but now these kids have to live with the thought of their mother being murdered on in such a cowardly and senseless way.”
The Eberlys were traveling to celebrate their wedding anniversary, Wilkins said in a separate Facebook post.
A Robeson County resident donated $10,000 to the sheriff’s office that is being used as a reward for information that leads to probable cause for issuing a warrant and the arrest of the suspect, authorities said in a Friday Facebook post.
A GoFundMe in Eberly’s honor has raised $32,100 as of Saturday afternoon.