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State Police arrest suspect in I-295 shooting

The shooting occurred around mile marker 21 on 288. (Source: Google Maps) The shooting occurred around mile marker 21 on 288. (Source: Google Maps)
Police were still on the scene at 10 a.m. Tuesday. (Source: NBC12) Police were still on the scene at 10 a.m. Tuesday. (Source: NBC12)
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State Police arrested the person suspected of shooting at a vehicle on I-295 in Henrico.

John I. Maddox, 24, is charged with two counts of maliciously shooting at a vehicle, one count of attempted malicious wounding, one count of brandishing of a firearm, three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

State Police Sgt. Stephan Vick says at 6:44 a.m. Tuesday, the driver of a sedan was stopped on the shoulder of southbound I-295 at mile marker 21, which is near Buffin Road. 

"As another vehicle passed by the disabled sedan, the driver of the sedan shot at the passing vehicle," Vick said. 

The passing vehicle kept going to the next exit to call police. The driver was not injured. 

The shooting had put people living in Varina on edge.

"It's crazy period," said Jimmie Sellers, who lives in Varina. "Not just because it's around here. That's absolutely crazy!"

"The world is full of nut cases," said Chuck Haller.

Maddox was arrested just after 10:30 a.m.

This is the second shooting to happen on I-295 in Varina in the past two months. The last one happened back in March near Route 5. A family in a car was targeted, but was not hurt.

State police say both of these incidents are not related, and the most recent shooting appears to be random.

The incident caused Mehfoud Elementary on Buffin Road to go into a precautionary lockdown, said Henrico Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks. 

"All students are safe and the instructional day is proceeding normally," he said. "There is no actual incident at the school."

State Police ask anyone with information to call 804-553-3445 or on a cell at #77 or contact by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov.


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