A Richmond man was killed in a shooting late Monday that involved the occupants of two vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Chesterfield County, state police said Tuesday.
“The shooting does appear to have been a targeted and deliberate act,” said Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.
The victim, identified as Jamari L. Phillips, 21, was found dead in the rear passenger seat of a black 2011 Ford Focus after police arrived at the scene. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m.
Police said that at this stage of their investigation, it appears the shooting started around the 55 mile marker near the Colonial Heights/Chesterfield County line as the Ford Focus and another vehicle, which remains unidentified, were heading northbound.
After traveling three more miles, the driver of the Focus pulled off onto the right shoulder near Ruffin Mill Road. The driver of the unknown vehicle then pulled in front of the Focus and stopped, police said.
“A male in the unknown vehicle got out and continued shooting at the Focus,” Geller said. “The unknown vehicle then drove off as the male shooter ran off on foot.”
The male shooter from the unknown vehicle was picked up a short time later by an unknown vehicle near a group of dealerships along I-95, Geller said.
After arriving at the scene, police located Phillips dead inside the Ford Focus. The other passenger, a 22-year-old man from Richmond, also fled on foot in the same general direction as the male driver. He returned to the Ford Focus once state police arrived and was not injured in the shooting, Geller said.
The driver of the Ford Focus was last seen running off the right side of the northbound lanes of I-95, away from the interstate, Geller said.
Evidence collected within the Focus suggests he may have been injured in the shooting. Police have checked area hospitals, but he has yet to be located, Geller said.
More than two dozen cartridge casings were collected at the 58 mile marker on I-95. Based on evidence, Geller said state police have determined there were at least two firearms used in the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Virginia State Police by calling (804) 609-5656 or #77 on a cellphone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.