Man Shoots Co-Worker Dead While Traveling On Interstate Highway: Police

A man allegedly shot dead his colleague while they traveled along Interstate 85, in Georgia, according to police.

Jackson County police said its deputies responded to a call on the interstate at about 3 a.m. on Monday, according to NBC affiliate WXIA-TV.

Officers told the network the caller had been near mile marker 144 in the northbound lanes of 1-85, although they added he did not give any information about what had happened.

When police arrived they found Samuel Sanders, 71, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sitting unresponsive in the driver's seat of a panel truck.

Upon further investigation, police found Sanders had suffered a gunshot wound to his head, WXIA-TV reported.

Despite emergency responders rushing Sanders to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

A Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) spokesperson told the network a man had fled the scene and that a manhunt followed.

Georgia State Patrol troopers along with the Jefferson Police Department and Commerce Police Department worked together and ultimately found the suspect.

Just before 9 a.m., authorities found a 67-year-old man from Pennsylvania in a building near some chicken houses close to the I-85.

Deputies told WXIA-TV that two men had apparently been heading back to Pennsylvania after they carried out a job in Georgia.

Police said at one point they got into an argument and Sanders was shot and killed.

A JCSO spokesperson later confirmed to Newsweek that the suspect held in custody is Donald Carter, 67, from Philadelphia. He has been charged with aggravated assault and murder.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., 197 people in Georgia have been shot dead since January 1 this year.

Gun violence continues to plague the U.S., with the database recording more than 4,425 cases where people have been shot, excluding suicide.

Last week, an eight-year-old boy in Georgia was shot on Friday night during an apparent drive-by shooting.

The child, later identified as Jermarrion Cherry, had been inside a vehicle with other children and had been getting ready to leave the house when the shooting happened.

While Jemarrion initially managed to survive the shooting itself, he died in the early hours of Monday as a result of his injuries.

On March 23, The New Orleans Police Department claimed a father fatally shot his son's accused killer in a case of "street justice."

Bokio Johnson, 46, allegedly killed Hollis Carter, 21, who had been out on bond despite having been charged over the deaths of Johnson's son Caleb, 18, and his sister Breyianna Brown, 25, in March 2021.

Stock image of police car
Stock image of police car. The suspect was found following a manhunt that lasted several hours.