Marine veteran Justin Lampkins was waiting in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Bedford, Indiana when someone in line honked their horn. One of the drivers at the front of the line got out of their vehicle, ended up confronting Lampkins, and ultimately took his life in cold blood on Sunday.
WTHR reported that suspect Evan Schaffer “got out of the first pick-up truck” after hearing Lampkins’ horn, and “went back to the third truck which the victim was in and engaged and battered the victim.”
Schaffer initially walked away from the veteran after punching him, but returned.
“The victim shoved the accused back, the accused then presented a handgun,” Bedford assistant police chief Joe DeWees revealed. The suspect then shot Lampkins in the chest. He died later at a local hospital, according to WISH-TV.
Police apprehended Schaffer a short time after he shot Lampkins, where he reportedly resisted arrest.
“It’s a senseless act to kill somebody over a horn,” Chief DeWees stated. “This is one of the most senseless acts I have ever seen.”
Schaffer has been charged with murder.
The WTHR report later highlighted Lampkins’ service record in the Marine Corps:
Lampkins… spent four years on active duty based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He achieved the rank of sergeant by the time he was discharged in late 2015. His family says his grandfather, an Army veteran, inspired him to join the military.
You can watch WTHR’s report above.
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