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A Pennsylvania woman traveling through North Carolina was killed in a road rage incident, authorities said.

Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, Penn., was fatally shot Thursday morning, according to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

Wilkins said the shooting happened around 11:40 a.m. on Interstate 95, north of Lumberton, N.C. while Eberly and her husband were traveling southbound to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The sheriff said the victim’s vehicle came close to another car during a merge into a lane. The car then pulled up alongside Eberly’s vehicle, and a person rolled down the window and fired multiple shots into the passenger door, the sheriff said.

Eberly was struck multiple times and later died at a hospital. Her husband was unharmed before witnesses say the shooter sped off, according to Wilkins.

“This was an innocent family from Pennsylvania headed to the beach for a vacation,” Wilkins. “Thankfully they had left their six children at home with grandparents but now these kids have to live with the thought of their mother being murdered in such a cowardly and senseless way. My heart goes out to this family and I ask that everyone reading this stop and pray for this entire family.”

The suspect vehicle is described as a possible 2010 model Chevrolet Malibu or Impala, silver or grey in color with tinted windows and possibly with chrome around the window frame. The suspect is described as an African American with dreadlocks.

Sheriff’s Investigators are asking that anyone with information pertaining to this investigation call the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3170 or email sheriff@robesoncoso.org.