Police were called to the scene of an Oklahoma City Target store, near the 12900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue near Memorial Road, after reports of gunfire and an altercation between two men broke out in the parking lot of the store on September 28, 2012, at approximately 4:30 p.m.
When Police arrived at the scene, they found one dead, now identified as Jasen Yousif, as the result of a single gunshot wound. The parking lot was full of customers at the time of the shooting, standing around in disbelief at what they had just witnessed.
The Police were able to identify the shooter, David Bloebaum, and he was arrested on a first degree murder complaint.
While it is still early in the investigation, people who know the victims have been speaking out, stating that the altercation began as a incident of road rage, and both ended up stopping to confront each other in the parking lot of the Target store. The victim alledgedly pulled a knife from his pocket, and the alledged shooter than pulled a gun and fired once at the victim, killing him.
As road rage has became a major problem on our roads, it is important to try to use patience when driving, and if a situation ever escalates to the point where someone asks the you to pull over, it is never a good idea to stop. The altercation is bound to escalate, and you never know if someone is holding a weapon or is intending to do you harm.
It is unknown why road rage has become such a problem within the last few years, but one has to believe it is lack of courtesy on the roads, and the fact that our roads in Oklahoma have become busier, especially at certain times, such as the mornings when people are scrambling to get to work and in the evening when most businesses are closing and people are trying to get home.
It all seems to come down to being patient with other drivers, being courteous to one another on the road, and never cutting others off by pulling out in front of them. The most important lesson to be learned through this, is to learn to control our tempers on the road, and if one person tries to start an altercation with you on the road, the best thing to do is distance yourself from that driver the best you can and try to ignore them. If you feel threatened in any way by another driver, do not hesitate to call 911 and report the incident so that police in the area can come to help you. We have now seen the tragic circumstances that can happen when two people with bad tempers let a simple road altercation get out of control. Someones life has ended, and another is in jail for murder for a incident that could have been so easily avoided. We have to remember that the people on the road with us are not our enemies; They are just trying to get to their destination like everyone else. We can only hope that this serves as a lesson to all drivers, and that we can all learn to co-exist on the roads in a friendly, polite, and courteous manner. This tragedy was 100% preventable and it was a sad day for all people of Oklahoma City.