I-95 shooting victim told police he was shot while driving

I-95 shooting victim told police he was shot while driving

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - A man who died after getting shot on Interstate 95 in October was able to talk to an officer who arrived at the scene, according to a search warrant filed in Caroline Circuit Court.

The warrant says that Vernon Huff told Caroline Deputy Mark O'Connor that another vehicle pulled up next to him and starting shooting.

O'Connor was the first on the scene near mile marker 102 on southbound I-95 on Oct. 30 to find Huff "covered in blood laying next to the vehicle" and shot multiple times, the warrant says.

Huff had two gunshot wounds – one in the upper left chest and one in the left arm. The 43-year-old died nearly an hour later at the hospital.

Police previously said it was unclear if the shots were fired in the vehicle while he was driving or before he got on the interstate. Now, investigators are classifying the death as a first-degree murder case.

Another warrant show investigators believed they had a break in the case when they discovered a Glock handgun on exit 98 south in Hanover County, but State Police say they no longer think the gun is involved with this case.

The death is the latest in a string of unexplained and unsolved shootings on Interstate 95. Last fall, state police said someone fired three shots near Bells Road hitting a trooper's and another motorist's car and in 2014 Tom Doyle was paralyzed after someone shot into his car.

"I watch. I look to the left if I'm in the passing lane and if I'm in the center; left, then right, then forward. That's it- just keep looking," explains Terry Morin who use I-95.

But, many wonder if there's really anything you can do.

"I would want to protect myself if that happens, but how do you protect yourself from a random event? That's very scary," says driver Kaci Handlery.

Police say this is an open investigation, if you have any information you're asked to contact state police at questions@vsp.virginia.gov

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