HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Shortly before 11 a.m.Tuesday morning, Virginia State Police arrested a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting earlier this morning on I-295 in Varina.
John I. Maddox, 24, of Richmond, was arrested and 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. He was transported to the Henrico County Jail West where he is currently being held without bond.
The incident occurred not far from Mehfoud Elementary School, which was briefly placed on lockdown.
“It’s very unusual for 295,” said Andy Hornbaker, who travels the route frequently and says. “It doesn’t really run through any bad areas, so you don’t really hear about shootings on 295.”
Luckily no one was hurt, but people say this isn’t the first time this has happened.
“This is the second incident to my recalling off of 295 where there was a drive-by shooting,” says area resident Leslie Tyler, Sr.
With an armed suspect on the loose, parents were also concerned for their kids’ safety. Masooma Farook has a son at Varina Elementary School.
Masooma Farook has a son at Varina Elementary School. Though her son’s school wasn’t placed on lockdown, she says the incident is still very worrying.
“I mean, it’s still kids and they’re so close. And I mean, if the guy’s running from that way to this way, you don’t know, he could be at Food Lion, a grocery store or wherever.”
Tyler, Sr. added, “This is a rural area. A good, beautiful area to live in. We’ve never quite had anything like this.”
We reached out to Virginia State Police to find out how often drive-by shootings occur on that stretch of I-295 and where the arrest took place. We are still waiting to hear back.