Police: Woman shot, man arrested after I-95 shooting in Chesterfield

Police: Woman shot, man arrested after I-95 shooting in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Police say a woman was shot multiple times and a man has been arrested after a shooting on Interstate 95 in Chesterfield. Investigators are now trying to determine a motive.

On Feb. 25, officers responded to I-95, a half-mile north of Route 10, for the report of a person who was shot while driving at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Police say a silver Kia ran off the road and struck the guardrail after it was shot at by a driver in a gray Honda while traveling north at mile marker 61.

“At this stage of the investigation, believe that he continued on,” said Sergeant Dylan Davenport with VSP.

The incident caused the middle and right lanes of I-95 north to close as investigators searched the crime scene.

The driver of the Kia, a 29-year-old woman, was shot multiple times and transported to a local hospital for treatment. No one else was in the vehicle at the time.

The suspected shooter was identified as 29-year-old Darius Smith of Chester.

He was arrested hours later on Krause Road after a 911 call concerning a suspicious person.

“We did not have a use of force incident, it was a peaceful scene once law enforcement made contact,” Davenport said.

Smith now faces charges including malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of felony and shooting while in a moving vehicle.

Now, investigators are still figuring out what the motive was.

“From what we can tell so far, there’s been no contact previously between them,” Davenport added.

The driver of the Kia is still alive, according to Virginia State Police.

Smith was arraigned in Chesterfield General District Court around 11 a.m. Friday morning and is still in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 29.

The investigation is ongoing.

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