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Witness to deadly road-rage shooting saw driver reach under seat, then 'heard 2 or 3 shots'

Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 16, 2023

UPDATE: Suspect wanted in deadly road-rage shooting arrested in South Carolina

RICHMOND COUNTY, Va. — One woman was killed after a Wednesday afternoon road rage shooting along Route 360 in Warsaw.

An eyewitness told CBS 6 that she was driving behind a Chevrolet Lynx and saw the driver reach under her seat and slam the door.

Seconds later, she heard three pops.

"I heard two or three shots," the eyewitness said.

The shooting happened in front of Warsaw Village, one of the small town's only shopping centers.

After the shots rang out, deputies said the driver of the sedan headed west and across the Downing Bridge.

A shot-out tire caused it to come to a stop in a median near the Essex County line. Deputies said the shooter's SUV then turned around and headed back to Warsaw.

"We understand this situation is a possible road-rage incident," Richmond County Sheriff S. B. Smith said. "Shots were fired. We are still early in this investigation. There was one adult female that was hit and she did pass away from her injuries."

Deputies with the Richmond City Sheriff's Office released a photo late Wednesday of James Barnes, the man they want in connection to the shooting.

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James Barnes, suspect in Warsaw drive-by shooting

Around midnight, the sheriff's office said the suspect was captured in South Carolina after a police pursuit. His passenger was also taken into custody.

There was a heavy police presence at the VCU Medical Center in Tappahannock as deputies feared more victims could show.

However, none did, except victim who was pronounced dead at the hospital. Deputies said that victim was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle.

"Our guys are out with his guys, we are covering the town and hopefully we can get this thing figured out," Smith said.

In a rural town that rarely sees any crime, the broad daylight violence is not only baffling — but brazen — said those who call the Northern Neck home.

"It's nerve-wracking because incidents like that don't happen around here," the witness said. "I've actually by mistake got over in front of cars because I didn't see them in my blind spot, but you never expect anything like that to happen."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will lead the investigation and has received help from Warsaw Police.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the case that could help investigators is urged to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 804-333-3611.

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