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Pair arrested for Richmond double shooting on I-81

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Posted at 11:16 PM, Apr 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-10 08:40:18-04

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. -- Two people have been arrested for a double shooting Thursday that wounded a man and a 16-year-old girl on Pollock Street following a week of violence in Richmond.

A state trooper arrested Jamara Clairborne, 23, and James A. Austin, 22, Friday night during a traffic stop in Smyth County.

"At 8:52 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper T.H. Pickel was operating radar on Interstate 81 in Smyth County when he observed and the radar registered a 2005 Jeep Liberty traveling at 88 mph in the posted 70 mph zone," officials with state police said. "Trooper Pickel activated his emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop. The Jeep complied and pulled off onto the shoulder near the 38 mile marker."

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Jamara Clairborne, 23, and James A. Austin, 22.

State police confirmed and arrested the driver, Claiborne, and his passenger, Austin, for two felony counts of attempted murder and two felony counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Officials said two juvenile passengers are now in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

Police also charged Claiborne with reckless driving, improper vehicle registration and for not having a valid driver’s license.

The pair are being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.

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