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Gunman in ‘grayish’ vehicle opens fire on I-95 driver

Posted at 11:19 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 20:13:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A man was shot multiple times while driving on Interstate 95 in Richmond Wednesday night.

The man's car, riddled with bullet holes, crashed in the northbound lanes of I-95 near the Broad Street exit in downtown Richmond.

Shooting car

"State police have determined through evidence collection and witness statements that the [2001] Nissan was traveling north on I-95 when a 'grayish' vehicle pulled up alongside and an individual or individuals began shooting at the Nissan," Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said. "State police recovered as evidence more than a dozen shell casings from the northbound lanes of I-95 between the Bells Road Exit 69 and the Broad Street Exit 74C. A handgun was also recovered from inside the Nissan."

The driver of the Nissan, a 42-year-old man, was taken to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver's name has not yet been released.

I95 shooting

The crash was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"The Nissan ran off the left side of the road, struck the cement barrier and overturned onto its roof," Vick said.

Vick declined to specify what led up to the shooting, but said a handgun was located in the victim's car.

"We can say this was an isolated incident. Not a threat to public safety," Vick said.

Vick said drivers should call police if they encounter a similar situation on the highway.

"It's not worth it to get into a confrontation. Get a tag number, a vehicle description, a description of the driver if you can, but take yourself out of that situation," Vick said.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting was asked to call Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445, or #77 on a cell phone.

State police need the public's help in this case. If anyone has information about the suspect and or the victim involved in this shooting on I-95 is urged to call State police at 553-3445 or #77 on your cell phone.

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