Mother of 6 Shot, Killed in Road Rage Incident on Way to the Beach

A mother of six from Pennsylvania was shot and killed in a road rage incident Thursday in Lumberton, North Carolina, while traveling to the beach with her husband.

Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, was killed after a driver pulled up to her passenger door and shot her through the window. Police responded to the shooting at about 11:40 a.m. on March 25, according to a statement from the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Police found Eberly with a gunshot wound and transferred her to UNC Southeastern Hospital, where she later died. Her husband, Ryan Eberly, was not injured.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said Thursday that Eberly leaves behind six children who were at home with their grandparents at the time of shooting.

"Prayers are needed for the victims involved," Wilkins said, according to WMBF News.

Police said the shooting occurred after the victim's vehicle came close to the suspect's car while merging into a new lane. The suspect vehicle then came alongside Eberly's passenger door before rolling down the window and firing multiple shots, one of which fatally struck Eberly.

Witnesses said the suspect then sped off and exited at Exit 22, on I-95 north of Lumberton, which is in southeastern North Carolina, about 20 miles from the South Carolina state line.

The Robeson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in finding a 2010 silver or grey Chevrolet Malibu or Impala with dark-tinted windows and chrome around the window frames. The suspect operating the vehicle was described by witnesses as an African American man with dreadlocks.

"This was an innocent family from Pennsylvania headed to the beach for a vacation," Wilkins said in a statement on Thursday.

"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 in such a cowardly and senseless way. My heart goes out to this family and I ask that everyone reading this stop and pray for this entire family," he added.

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North Carolina police and highway patrol are investigating a road rage incident after a Pennsylvania woman was killed Thursday. Here, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol car drives through high water on State Highway 11 after the Neuse River flooded a section of the road September 16, 2018, in Kinston, North Carolina. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Wilkins added Thursday that investigators are looking for video footage to help with the investigation, WMBF reported.

Anyone with a surveillance system on Fayetteville Road to Exit 22 on I-95 has been asked to check their video at about 11:30 a.m. and noon to see if there is anything that can help investigators find the suspect vehicle. Lumberton police and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are assisting in the investigation.

Witnesses or anyone with information on the shooting have been asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at 910-671-3170 or call 911.

Newsweek contacted the Robeson County Sheriff's Department for additional comment on the investigation, but they did not provide a statement beyond Thursday's press release.