Woman who said God led her on solar eclipse shooting spree is arrested

The shooting occurred in Holmes County.

A woman who claimed to be on a shooting spree directed by God during the solar eclipse was arrested for shooting at cars on Interstate 10 in the Panhandle, authorities said.

The bullets struck two people, grazing one person and striking another person in the neck.

Police said Taylon Nichelle Celestine, 22, of Georgia, was arrested and booked on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and improper discharge of a weapon, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The shootings occurred in Holmes County as Celestine drove a purple Dodge Challenger with Georgia plates onto  I-10 heading west, authorities said.

“Within 5 miles of entering the interstate, the suspect fired multiple shots into another vehicle traveling along the interstate, striking the passing car multiple times. The driver was struck by glass fragments from the window and grazed on the arm by a bullet; however, he was able to steer his vehicle onto the shoulder of the road, away from the suspect,” the press release said.

“Continuing westbound on I-10, the suspect shot at another vehicle near the 107- mile marker, hitting the driver in the neck. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is currently receiving treatment.”

Police did not provide details on the victim’s status in the press release.

Florida State Troopers found Celestine near the 96-mile marker and conducted a felony traffic stop. After the suspect was taken into custody, troopers found an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun in the purple Challenger, the press release said.

Celestine had checked out of a hotel and told staff God had directed her to go on a shooting spree “in relation to the solar eclipse,” according to authorities.

On Monday, people across the country, including Florida, took a break from work or traveled to solar eclipse viewing parties to see the events unfold in the sky.

Gabrielle Russon

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  • Pray to the Sun

    April 8, 2024 at 6:44 pm

    Let me guess, Democrat? 🤣

    • Josh Green

      April 8, 2024 at 9:53 pm

      Sure. Because when I think of gun toting religious nutjob, “Democrat” is the first thing that springs to mind. 🙄

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 9, 2024 at 3:55 pm

      pray to the sun, you are a bad guesser. let’s see, a girl from georgia with a gun, that’s got to be marjorie taylor green.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 9, 2024 at 6:55 pm

      Good evening America,
      None of the major Leftist News Outlets are covering the Girl Shooting Folks on The Interstate Story
      Do You Know What That Means?
      “Thank you for asking”, said Earl.
      Thank you America,
      Earl Pitts American

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    April 8, 2024 at 7:03 pm

    Good evening Sage Patriots,
    Of course we would be remiss in accusing this misguided human of being a “Dook 4 Brains Leftist.
    It would hurt the tender “Feelings” of all Earl’s Besty Leftys to do so. And Earl is “Courting” all his Besty Leftys into casting their POTUS vote for the Trump/DeSantis Tickit.
    There are “Less Than Zero Odds in Vegas” that this misguided human “Was/Is” a “Sage Patriot”.
    If we get any more data on this at “The Earl Pitts American Political Science Administration” I, Earl Pitts American, will break-in for an “Earl Side Chat” to keep all my fans up to speed.
    Thank you Sage Patriots,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 9, 2024 at 2:59 pm

      earl, for the sake of the community, turn all those guns in. YOU, of all people, should never be around a gun. anybody that has read your posts, knows what i’m talking about.

  • Josh Green

    April 8, 2024 at 9:54 pm

    We should probably keep guns away from religious people.

    It is a form of severe mental illness after all.

    • nail

      April 8, 2024 at 11:28 pm

      Anyone who wears those red dye #3 hats is a problem..They are all mentally ill and they all feign some religion even the Satanic Temple, one of the well visit respite places that Earl visits daily to pray to his FL Evil ones, trump and DeFascist…..

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 3:50 pm

        NAIL, at least we can spot those clowns easy with those hideous hats on. they can’t hide.

        • william patrick

          April 12, 2024 at 8:32 am

          CAN I TRUST YOU?


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          I am glad to be connected with you. I have a business proposal I would like to discuss with you in private. It involves a business opportunity that will be of huge financial benefit to both of us. Further details will be shared after I receive your response.
          Kindly reply with your full name and your country of Origin/residence,
          Yours Truly,
          William Patrick Esq.

      • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

        April 9, 2024 at 7:02 pm

        Nail Moms on her way down to the basement apartment ….. stop wanking and put some pants on,
        Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 7:39 pm

        NAIL, you got that earl creep good. he NEVER says anything that makes sense. his potty humor is crazy for an 82-year-old man. i really think he is suffering from dementia. his comments are demented, so that makes since.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 9, 2024 at 3:02 pm

      josh, we agree totally on this issue. so nice to hear from other people that agree with me on this issue. i’ve hated christianity for 71 years now.

  • Ban Guns for all “Christian’s” (freaks)

    April 9, 2024 at 12:13 am

    And Rhonda signed a bill to replace school counselors with religious indoctrination clergy. Wtf!!! What are these religious freaks being taught by these right wing nut jobs!!! No more gun toting religious nuts!!!

  • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

    April 9, 2024 at 6:52 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    We’ve got a few “Dook 4 Brains” leftist syncophant “Mindless BOT” commenters trying their best to slant the shooting to trash Sage Patriots.
    Pay no attention to these Dook BOTS and put your full faith and confidence in the Sage Words and Interpertations of Earl Pitts American.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “YOU CAN TRUST EARL” American

    • MikeinSonoma

      April 9, 2024 at 12:25 pm

      Somebody sounds like a deranged Beavis or Butthead. I mean they make Beavis and Butthead look good.

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 2:06 pm

        earl, i thought it was you in one of your drag queen outfits.

      • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

        April 9, 2024 at 6:59 pm

        Mike that sounds like disrespect to The Sage Earl. Be knowing, Mike, The Sage Earl, has his eye on you.
        Thank you Mike,
        Earl Pitts American

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 9, 2024 at 7:54 pm

        mike, earl is a sphincter and butt man, so he would pick butthead over beavis

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 9, 2024 at 3:04 pm


  • PeterH

    April 9, 2024 at 11:22 am

    At the time of her arrest was she wearing a red ball cap and golden sneakers?

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 9, 2024 at 2:01 pm

      PETER H, i’m still laughing.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 11, 2024 at 10:17 am

        Me too LOL. She probably only had the red versions. of the sneakers but then spray painted them gold herself, leading to the frustration that conveyed “it’s time to start shooting.”

  • Jacob Gaskins

    April 9, 2024 at 8:36 pm

    If you’re talking to imaginary wizards in the sky, you probably shouldn’t own a gun.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      April 21, 2024 at 8:54 am

      …or be President of USA

      • rick whitaker

        April 21, 2024 at 9:48 am


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 11, 2024 at 10:16 am

    God should have told her to remain stationary herself while shooting at moving cars. Better yet, shoot from a stationary position at stationary cars backed up a busy stoplight with a median wall preventing exiting via U-turn. Take out the pole position drivers first. Take out the rear drivers next. Everybody else is stuck, and probably also has no clue what’s happening unless you’re walking up to end window pretending to be a pandhandler and they see you shooting into the row of cars immediately ahead of them thank to that row having neither a SUV and/or blackout windows that prevent line of sight thru the car.

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