Road rage may have sparked a fatal shooting in a northwest Oklahoma City parking lot between two men who did not know each other, police said Monday.
“There were witnesses that said the two drivers were driving aggressively with one possibly chasing the other,” Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
Jasen Yousif, 29, was killed about 4:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Target, 13924 N Pennsylvania Ave. David Bloebaum, 57, was arrested on a murder complaint shortly after the shooting.
Sources said a knife was found at the scene.
It's not the first time Bloebaum has been accused of pointing a weapon.
Bloebaum was sentenced after a road rage incident in 2005 in which he pointed a firearm at a family's car as it traveled with two small children, according to court records and a police incident report.
He received a two-year deferred sentence on the firearm charge, according to the state Corrections Department.
The victims in the 2005 case told police Bloebaum cut them off as they drove on Lake Hefner Parkway, nearly causing an accident. The driver called a Century 21 number listed on a poster on Bloebaum's car and the two began to argue.
Bloebaum pointed a handgun at the car when the victim's vehicle pulled up next to Bloebaum's car near Interstate 44 and NW 10, the incident report states. Bloebaum denied pointing the gun at the time but told police he received a phone call from an irate male who stated he was following him, the incident report states.
Oklahoma City police also arrested Bloebaum on a complaint of assault and battery in November 1991. He has had contact with police more than 40 times since 1990, Capt. Dexter Nelson said. Those contacts include incidents where he was a victim of obscene phone calls, threats, assault and battery and larceny. He was involved in several car accidents, records show.
Bloebaum remained in Oklahoma County jail Monday, a jail official said.
Yousif's family members gathered Monday to share food and grieve together at their home in northwest Oklahoma City. His cousin, Fawzi Odetallah, described Yousif as giving, loving and smart.
He leaves behind a young son, Odetallah said.
“He was not a violent person,” Odetallah said. “He was always a person who gives.”
Records show Yousif had recently been in court, but his cousin said the incident was minor. He pleaded not guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury in September and was scheduled to go to court for a preliminary hearing in October.
Yousif hit a food truck and had not realized it as there was no damage to his car, Odetallah said.
It's the second time in recent years the family has endured a tragedy. In 2009, Yousif's brother, Malic, died in a motorcycle accident, Odetallah said.
The brothers and two other siblings attended Putnam City schools, Odetallah said. Yousif earned a degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma.
Family members say they are devastated by another senseless tragedy.
“He just shot him for no reason,” said Yousif's mother, Annie Yousif.
“He had just bought a home,” Odetallah said. “He was ready to move forward in his life.”