Pakistani shot dead by mentally ill man in Kentucky

Published: February 27, 2015


A Pakistani in Kentucky, United States was shot dead on his way to work on Wednesday morning.

Mukhtar Ahmad, 41, a resident of Louisville was killed on the interstate, I-71, by a man with a history of mental illness and in the midst of a divorce, according to The Courier Journal.

Police identified the man as Christopher McCullum and have arrested him. An unlicensed electrician, McCullum was arrested five months ago with four loaded handguns and two rifles, according to court records.


It remains a mystery how he came into contact with Ahmad, a father of three, a daughter and two sons, aged 13, 11 and 6. However, police has described the incident as a ‘random act of road rage.’

A family friend and attorney said, “The routine was to leave for work and he would drop off his daughter, 13-year-old, daughter at school, and he would take 71 to his work.”

But he never came back home.

As per reports, McCullum fired several shots at Ahmad’s car making it crash into a guardrail. With a single gunshot I his torso, Ahmad died at the driver’s seat.


“He was the kind of guy who carried his heart in his hands,” said his wife, Shamy Nabil. “I am grateful for my faith. I know we are all going to die, one way or another. I just didn’t expect it to be this soon, I didn’t expect it to be like this.”

The 41-year old immigrated to Louisville in 2000 with very little, but friends said he worked his way up to becoming the owner of many local grocery stores and food marts with his brother, Tariq.

“All he did was go to work, took care of his children and wife, supported his elderly parents in Pakistan,” Kahloon said.

His death has jarred the small, tight-knit community in Louisville and his brother had to call home, in the middle of the night back in Pakistan, and break the news to his elderly mother, said attorney and family friend, Khalid Kahloon.

“The confusion, the fear, has traveled from here to their small village,” Kahloon said. “The whole village, and probably all the neighboring villages, are grieving.”

“Many in our community don’t understand, they think there has to be something more to it. How can a traffic dispute lead someone to kill somebody?” Kahloon said. “But I believe it was a random road rage incident. We had a man who had access to guns, with a loose temper and a loose mind.”

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Reader Comments (20)

  • zara
    Feb 27, 2015 - 7:05PM

    Already declared mentally illRecommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Feb 27, 2015 - 8:35PM

    Speechless, aghast and heart wrenching…….if this monster (McCullum) was arrested five months ago with four loaded handguns and two rifles then how come he was let go free ?. Recommend

  • zid
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Ironic, the police were so quick to call him “mentally unstable” and “road rage” etc , becuase the shooter is not muslim, and he is white,he cannot be terrorist?!Recommend

  • amir jafri
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:15PM

    of course the killer is not terrorist…his name is christianChristopher McCullum. .
    liberaloons and secularoons agree…gora non-muslim can never be terrorist…raymond davis was not terrorist . only desi and mullas are terrorists.Recommend

  • AF
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:38PM

    @ Aamir – Toronto
    Answer is very simple as involvement of a guy from among us out there cannot be ruled out who did not realize the nature of offence & let him go free !!! Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2015 - 9:50PM

    All crimes are not hate crimes – this gentleman probably got into an altercation while driving .. he could have honked when the other driver cut him off etc. His mental state coupled with the availability of guns on hand led to this. This could have happened to a white, brown, black or yellow person. Please get into the habit of taking off your green tinted “Muslim” goggles and look at the world through regular “ordinary human” eyes.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 27, 2015 - 9:54PM

    Well if the killer was a Pakistani Muslim and victim a Christian American then the killer would have been termed as a terrorist even if he had spent his life in a mental hospitalRecommend

  • Sandip
    Feb 28, 2015 - 12:17AM

    This is gut wrenching news. May god give strength to the family to bear this immense loss. Just goes to show why ordinary people should not have access to guns.Recommend

  • rubbish
    Feb 28, 2015 - 3:28AM


    Well if the killer was a Pakistani
    Muslim and victim a Christian American
    then the killer would have been termed
    as a terrorist even if he had spent
    his life in a mental hospital

    You obviously haven’t spent anytime in the USA and you will be hard pressed to find many American Muslims that support your obvious bias. It’s apparent that the victim and his family found happiness in the USA – you won’t find them spouting your line of hatred.Recommend

  • Maria
    Feb 28, 2015 - 3:40AM

    Okay so if it’s a white guy killing a Muslim he is declared “mentally ill”. If a Muslim guy were to do this, he would be called a terrorist. No matter if he actually was mentally ill or had “road rage”. ROAD RAGE IS NOT EVEN AN EXCUSE TO KILL SOMEONE! This is our media. Extremely racist!Recommend

    Feb 28, 2015 - 3:42AM

    Very tragic and heartbreaking news! I hope his family and friends are finding the strength to deal with this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Feb 28, 2015 - 4:56AM

    I’m an American born muslim, and I agree with the opinion that were the shoe on the other foot the label of terrorist would be splashed everywhere. @Timorlane: Recommend

  • Islooboy
    Feb 28, 2015 - 8:57AM

    He would probably doing Dawah, which the other guy would not have liked and shot.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Feb 28, 2015 - 1:58PM

    All humans.associated with the
    perverted culture of killing are mentally
    ill and a disgrace to the humanity !!!Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2015 - 3:07PM

    Hey et stop censorship of my right to speak by blocking my comments. I said world is unjust to plead of Muslims including media, their pain is treated differently, hence, terrorism, injustices enemy of justice – MLKRecommend

    Feb 28, 2015 - 3:45PM

    @zara: Of course, he was not a muslim, so cannot be declared a terrorist; Mentally Ill means, he will not face death penalty, life imprisonment etc ewtc; He will be released. If it was the reverse, this poor Paki would be sentenced to death, a few more muslims, Pakistanis, would be arrested and accused of terror activities, sentenced to death or life imprisonment; Actual Crime is being a Muslim;; and convicted criminal a Muslim Pakistani; Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 28, 2015 - 4:45PM

    @rubbish: Craig Stephen Hicks kills three young Muslim students in North Carolina and it’s not line of hatred nobody from government of USA to characters like you acknowledge but
    people observing their genuine anger at these acts of killings that is line of hatred for you

    You sure stink rubbishRecommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Feb 28, 2015 - 5:17PM

    Wasn’t (CIA’s soviet war tout) Usama Bin ladeen and Malik Mumtaz Qadri also mentally ill? They also went berserk with guns and bombs.. What’s the difference between those “mentally ill terrorists” and this white Christian American “mentally ill terrorist”. Recommend

  • Susu
    Mar 1, 2015 - 1:07AM

    This makes me so sad! Prayers go out to the victim’s loved ones! How does a “mentally ill” man have four loaded handguns and two rifles, how is that ok? The authorities were aware of this five months prior! Was he not considered “mentally ill” at that time? This is so sad that the world has become a dangerous place, filled with hate, anger and injusticeRecommend

  • Noor Fatima
    Mar 1, 2015 - 11:24AM

    Life is so valuable in USA masha-Allah. A single man murder is a NEWS. WOW!Recommend

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