Ballwin Man Fires Shots At Random Cars on Highway Because He "Had An Urge," Police Say


Sepid Salem, 59, can't control his urges?
  • Sepid Salem, 59, can't control his urges?

Sometimes people just have urges they cannot control. Like shooting people. Random people on the highway.

You know that feeling? No? Well, apparently, Ballwin resident Sepid Majid Salem had that classic, irresistible must-shoot-at-strangers-driving-in-their-cars-right-now urge this week -- and acted upon it.

The 59-year-old man, according to a probable-cause statement, told the woman he was traveling with on Sunday, "I have an urge." He then stopped at a shoulder on Interstate-44 in Pulaski County, near Devil's Elbow. He began firing.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that the man is in jail after a presumably scared witness noticed the shooting, according to the Associated Press, which quotes an official reiterating the fact that, yep, he "had an urge."

Online arrest records confirm that he was arrested on Sunday and taken to the Phelps County jail, ans he's facing felony charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree property damage.

KSPR reports that no one was injured but that one of the shots did go through a sleeper berth in a semi-trailer truck, which was fortuitously equipped with a camera and recorded the incident. Prosecutors reportedly are reviewing the footage.

He is accused of firing four to five shots.

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