July 19, 2024

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Woman Believing She Was “Directed by God” Goes on Shooting Spree During the Eclipse

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Bullet casings and broken glass. Crime scene. (IStock Photo)

Florida (The Lake Tribune) In a disturbing turn of events during the recent solar eclipse, a Florida highway became the scene of a shooting spree by a woman claiming to have been directed by “God.” Taylon Nichelle Celestine, 22, has been apprehended by state troopers after engaging in gunfire that injured two individuals on Interstate 10.

Celestine, driving a purple Dodge Challenger with Georgia license plates, was stopped by authorities who discovered an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun in her vehicle. The specifics regarding which firearm was used in the attacks remain unclear. However, it has been reported that before leaving a local hotel, Celestine informed the staff of her intent to embark on a shooting spree, allegedly instructed by divine command related to the solar eclipse.

The spree began shortly after Celestine entered the interstate, where she fired at a vehicle, causing glass fragments to injure the driver and a bullet to graze his arm. He managed to escape further harm by driving to the roadside. A subsequent attack by Celestine resulted in another driver being shot in the neck; the victim is currently receiving medical care.

Now in Holmes County Jail, Celestine faces charges including attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and improper discharge of a firearm. The Florida Highway Patrol’s Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence is set to release more details as their investigation progresses.

This incident occurs amidst widespread excitement over the solar eclipse, an event often imbued with spiritual significance across various religions. Some interpretations within Christianity view such celestial phenomena as omens of apocalyptic or judgmental times, citing biblical passages as evidence. Conversely, others caution against reading too much into these natural occurrences, warning against false prophets and encouraging enjoyment of the eclipse as a remarkable natural event.

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