U.S. Marine Arrested in the 'Road Rage' Shooting Death of a 20-Year-Old College Student
A U.S. Marine has been arrested in connection with the killing a college student in a New Year's road rage incident, authorities said.
Cpl. Eric Jamal Johnson, 25, was arrested at his base in Arizona on Tuesday by U.S. Marshals, police in Texas said. He is awaiting an extradition hearing.
He was wanted for a shooting in Denton, Texas, in the early morning hours of New Year's Day, cops said.
Sara Mutschleitner was the designated driver for a group of friends coming home from a New Year's Eve party, authorities said. The University of North Texas student had not been drinking, witnesses told police.
While stopped a red light, a carful of men including Johnson, pulled up next to Mutschleitner's car and began talking with the people in her vehicle, police said. But the conversation grew heated after the men made several sexual remarks directed at the women in her car, authorities said.
Shots were fired from the men's vehicle and Mutschleitner was struck twice in the head, police said.
Witnesses in her car helped identify Johnson, who was at the same party the students attended, authorities said.
"Sara Mutschlechner was a beautiful person inside and out. She brought so much happiness and laughter to those around her and was the best kind of person," her sorority sisters posted on a GoFundMe account.
"This fundraiser will help her family pay for her funeral and medical bills and every little bit helps. Thank you for your support and help!"