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Driver shot on I-85 dies, passenger recovering from wounds

Posted at 3:55 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 17:27:26-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A man shot in a car on Interstate 85 in Petersburg has died, according to Virginia State Police.

Now police are looking for the man's killer.

"A couple provided a ride to two men they met in the 600 block of Boulevard in Colonial Heights after midnight Wednesday, Feb. 3," a Virginia State Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "As they were exiting Interstate 85 at Exit 65/Squirrel Level Road in Petersburg, the driver and front seat passenger of the Nissan Sentra were both shot by the backseat passengers."

The men ran away after the 1 a.m. shooting.

The Nissan driver, identified as 41-year-old Kenneth Michael Golding, of Richmond, died at Southside Regional Medical Center. A 33-year-old woman in the passenger seat was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

Golding was shot in the neck and the woman in the arm, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

Zachary Eaton lived just yards from the crime scene. He said he heard gunshots overnight, but wasn't sure what time.

"I didn't think much of it," said Eaton.

Eaton said, unfortunately, it wasn't the first time a shooting happened near his home.

"Within the last six months there was another shooting here at the gas station."

Back in October, police found a man shot dead in a car at the Marathon Gas Station.

Eaton said he wish he knew more about the area before he and his fiance moved in.

"It's scary and when you've got loved ones, it's probably even worse," said Eaton. "It's not as surprising as I would like."

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