Person hits tree outside Chesterfield Towne Center after road rage-related shooting

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield Police Department is investigating a road rage related shooting that occurred near the Chesterfield Town Center on New Year’s Eve.

Police said at about 4:27 p.m. on Dec. 31, a person was driving in the 10800 block of Midlothian Turnpike when a silver vehicle pulled up next to the passenger side of their car. The driver of the suspect’s vehicle fired a single shot into the victim’s car, hitting it.

The suspect was last seen heading west on Midlothian Turnpike toward Chesterfield Towne Center.

The victim’s vehicle hit some trees after the shooting, and they were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Chesterfield Police said they believe this is the result of a road rage incident that occurred with the suspect before the shooting.

Members of the 8News team said the vehicle crashed into a tree near the Chesterfield Towne Center Macy’s. There was a large police presence, with officers blocking off parts of Midlothian Turnpike near Johnston Willis Hospital and the mall.

Just a couple of blocks away near Agee’s Bicycles there was more police tape and law enforcement vehicles. That scene was dissolved.

The mall general manager Byron Wall said police were called at about 4:30 p.m. after a car hit a tree on the edge of the parking lot.

One local man witnessed the incident from inside his car. Nicholas Richmond said he was sitting in traffic when he heard the bullet hit the victim’s car.

“Happened to look over just out of nowhere and saw a car go over the curb after I heard a boom and then saw it hit a tree,” Richmond said. “People in the parking lot actually rushed over towards that area but the police actually got there quite quickly.”

This is a developing story, stay with 8News for updates.

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