Police identify suspect arrested in I-295 shooting

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Virginia State Police found and arrested a man after shooting was reported off Interstate 295, south of Route 5, in eastern Henrico County, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick.

“The suspect has been arrested and the scene is clear,” Vick said.

Police have arrested and charged, John I. Maddox, 24, Richmond, with two counts of maliciously shooting at a vehicle, attempted malicious wounding, brandishing of a firearm, and three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Maddox has been transported to the Henrico County Jail West where he is currently being held without bond. The U. S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, Chesterfield Sheriff’s Office and Henrico PD assisted State Police in the arrest of Maddox.

John I. Maddox, 24

John I. Maddox, 24

The shooting was reported at 6:44 a.m. Tuesday.

“A sedan was stopped on the shoulder of southbound I-295 at the 21 mile marker in Henrico County. As another vehicle passed by the disabled sedan, the driver of the sedan shot at the passing vehicle,” Sgt. Vick said. “The passing vehicle kept going on I-295 to the next exit to call State Police. The adult male driver of the vehicle was not injured. There is no evidence of any other vehicles being fired at along I-295.”

Henrico Schools put nearby Mehfoud Elementary on a precautionary lockdown, according to a Henrico Schools spokesman.

There have been three Central Virginia highway shootings within a two month period.

On May 4, a car was riddled with bullets while driving on I-95 in Richmond. In March, there was another shooting on Interstate 295 in the same area as the one Tuesday morning.

“Police can’t be scattered everywhere.  So, it will be a tough job for the police force,” said John Collins, a concerned driver.

CBS 6 reached out to VDOT about traffic cameras on the highway.

We wanted to know if the agency was planning to record video in light of the recent shootings on the highways.

A spokesperson told CBS 6, there are no plans at this time.

Drivers said in light of the recent highway shootings, they will be more aware during their travels.

“People do have to be very, very careful what they do. Make sure the gas is in the car and you know where you’re going.  And just don’t stop until you get there,” said Doris McCoy, a concerned driver.

State police said if you feel threatened or notice suspicious activity on the highway – hit #77 on your cell phone and a trooper will respond right away.

Anyone with additional information on Tuesday’s shooting can submit a news tip here.