CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A tractor-trailer driver is expected to be OK after being shot on Chippenham Parkway in an apparent road rage incident Thursday afternoon.
A suspect is in custody.
Police responded to the area of North Chippenham Parkway and Interstate-95 around 2:45 p.m. following reports of an assault with a deadly weapon.
While details are limited, police told an 8News crew on scene that a male driving a tractor-trailer was shot and is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.
According to police, officers saw the suspect vehicle, tried to stop it, a pursuit ensued, and then the suspect vehicle was pulled over in the city of Richmond.
Witnesses believe the shooting incident was fueled by road rage. A man with knowledge of the incident, who spoke with 8News said the driver was shot in the leg through the passenger-side door.
“It hurts me to my heart because I’m a truck driver and he’s a truck driver, it could’ve been me,” said tractor-trailer driver Evan Stewart. Road rage incidents are something Stewart said he tries to avoid.
“If they want the lane, let them have it because it’s not worth your life. We out here trying to run loads and when stuff like this happens it really hurts the whole trucking community,” he said.
Stewart told 8News the incident is a “scary thought” for truck drivers.
“It makes you rethink your job a lot.
“Truck driving is a job. We have a job, we feed our families so when we’re in the truck we’re not just riding around. So, for all car drivers, respect truck drivers and truck drivers respect car drivers,” Stewart said.