Suspects arrested in I-64 shootings

Police have arrested Slade Allen Woodson and charged him with 12 felony counts stemming from the Interstate-64 and Waynesboro shootings that took place a day earlier. State police also took a 16-year-old male from Crozet into custody, who’s charged with 10 felony counts, stemming only from the I-64 shootings.

State police recovered a weapon that is “similar in caliber” to the one used in the I-64 shootings, state police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty said at a March 28 press conference. “There is a good chance of additional charges next week.”

Six separate shootings occurred in a roughly two-hour span in the wee hours of March 27, four on or near I-64, two in Waynesboro. According to state police, ballistic testing links casings found at the shooting scenes to casings found in the car, as well as to a .22 caliber Ruger found at Woodson’s residence.

Slade Allen Woodson, 19, of Afton, was arrested for the I-64 shootings.

In addition to the 10 counts stemming from the I-64 shootings, Woodson is charged with two felony counts for the Waynesboro shootings, one at a residence on the 200 block of Commerce Avenue, the other at the Dupont Community Credit Union.

Police were able to identify a car linked to Woodson from the credit union’s security camera. The car, an orange Gremlin, was later found abandoned on Route 29N near the Albemarle-Greene county line. Ballistic evidence from the car was sent to a Maryland lab to determine if it matches the casings and bullets from the I-64 shootings.

Six vehicles were shot in a roughly 30 minute period around midnight on March 27. One was struck at the Ivy exit, and four were hit from the Route 690 overpass. All of them were traveling west. Two drivers were taken to the hospital for superficial wounds and released shortly after. An unoccupied Virginia Department of Transportation vehicle was also shot while it was parked in the VDOT station in Yancey Mills.

Two police tactical teams executed a search warrant on the morning of March 28 at 6740 Yonder Hill Farm, where five people were staying, including Woodson. After officers entered the house, a man with a handgun—who was not Woodson—confronted them. Multiple shots were fired, though police said it was unclear if the unnamed man fired any shots. Police arrested Woodson without further incident. The injured man was airlifted to UVA Hospital. No one else in the house was injured.

Woodson, who attended Western Albemarle High School, was arrested in January 2007 on felony counts of theft and arson, though he pleaded guilty to lesser misdemeanor counts of petty larceny and destruction of personal property.

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