Police sources: Penn. couple shot driving along I-95

Posted at 6:46 AM, Oct 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-12 00:15:36-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Virginia State Police are investigating an "incident" that occurred Thursday night on I-95 south near Chippenham Parkway at the Richmond - Chesterfield County line.

Police sources tell CBS 6 the female passenger in a Chevy Silverado called 911 to say she and her husband had been shot.

Multiple law enforcement sources tell us both the passenger and driver were hit by shotgun pellets. State police do confirm it was a husband and wife traveling south from Pennsylvania.

Sources said the woman was hit once in the face and the driver was sprayed in the neck. Sources confirm that driver is now paralyzed from the chest down.

Troopers said on record that they're trying to figure out what exactly happened but no evidence suggests their injuries are the result of a gun shot wound.

They have only said that the occupants were hit by some sort of a projectile.

"State police were called to the scene of a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck that was on the right shoulder of the interstate. Upon arriving on-scene, the driver and a passenger were located and were both injured," Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar wrote in a media advisory.

"They were both transported to VCU Medical Center. The male driver suffered serious injuries and the female passenger suffered minor injuries."

"The public needs to know if stuff like this is going on--it's a real shock it happened here," truck driver George Dickson said.

Investigators have no suspect at the time. The cameras that point towards the interstate don't have very good quality at night, and they don't record.

"It's a live continuous feed..there's no recording of's just for real time monitoring purposes," Rob Vilack, traffic operation manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation said.

CBS 6 talked to several drivers Friday night near the Chippenham exit. Some say they are always cautious when out on the road, especially at night.

"You never know who's out here," said Alex Ashley, who drives along I-95 at least five times a week.

"I think if it's confirmed then there's a reason and the police should make the public aware of this sort of thing that happened," said Caroline Godfrey, who was traveling to North Carolina Friday night.