Man arrested, woman injured in Virginia road rage shooting

Posted at 10:32 AM, Apr 09, 2024

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. -- A woman was injured in a road rage shooting Tuesday morning in Powhatan County, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

The Powhatan Sheriff's Office later confirmed the incident.

"At approximately 7 a.m. the Powhatan County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of Ultimate Cycle located at 1820 Anderson Highway. Upon arrival deputies found an adult female with a gunshot wound," Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeffery Searfoss wrote in an email. "The victim was transported to the hospital by rescue personnel. Further investigation determined the vehicle she was a passenger in was shot multiple times by a subject in another vehicle possibly during a 'road rage' incident."

The suspected shooter was in a gold-colored SUV which he left in a Burger King parking lot on Anderson Highway, investigators said.

"At approximately 10:15 a.m., 45-year-old Ricky Lamont Broadnax of Richmond was taken into custody by a Powhatan Detective with the assistance of the Virginia State Police and the Chesterfield County Police Department near Lucks Lane in Chesterfield County," Searfoss continued.

Broadnax was charged with:

  • Maliciously shooting into a vehicle (felony)
  • Discharge of a firearm while in a vehicle (felony)
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (felony)
  • Maliciously shoot a person (felony)
  • Driving suspended (misdemeanor)

The extent of the woman's injuries has not yet been released.
Investigators have not yet discussed the nature of the road rage.

The entire incident came as a shock to Linda Bilger, who works on Route 60 in that part of Powhatan.

"You're driving along and I just, I can't even imagine how they feel and then why would someone get to that degree of anger that they would want to hurt someone? I just don't understand," she said. "It's just appalling that things like that happen. And my heart goes out to the victim."

Bilger said she was glad to learn about the arrest and hoped to not see something like this happen again.

"There's really absolutely no reason why anyone should fire a firearm at someone because they're mad how you're driving," she said.

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