Police have arrested two Virginia teens in connection with Thursday's shootings along Interstate 64 near Charlottesville, Va., which left two people injured and six vehicles hit by gunfire.
Authorities arrested 19-year-old Slade Allen Woodson Friday morning when they executed search warrants on his place of residence in connection with two other Thursday shooting incidents in Waynesboro, Va. Woodson also faces charges stemming from those shootings, which resulted in property damage at a bank and a private residence.
The other suspect in the I-64 shootings is a 16-year-old male from Crozet, Va., whom authorities declined to name because he is a minor. He was arrested Thursday afternoon.
The pair face an array of charges stemming from the highway shootings, including felony counts of malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and maliciously shooting at an unoccupied vehicle. Authorities said more charges are likely as investigators continue to process the evidence and piece together the alleged crimes.
Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty said in a statement that analysts are still examining ballistic evidence collected at the various crime scenes, including a weapon similar in caliber to the weapon believed to have been use in the shootings. Evidence was transported Friday morning to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lab in Ammondale, Md.
Both teens are in police custody. Law enforcement officials say they transferred Woodson to the Middle River Regional Jail in Verona, and the juvenile is in state police custody, awaiting transport to the Blue Ridge Detention Center in Albemarle County.
Virginia State Police superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty said during a news conference Friday morning that state police and the Albemarle County Police Department executed a search warrant for the Waynesboro incidents at 4:48 a.m. today at Yonder Hill Farm in Crozet, Va. The property lies just off I-64 and about 13 miles west of Charlottesville.
Woodson was arrested there without incident, but "as the tactical teams from these two agencies made entry into the residence, they were confronted by an armed individual, who was armed with a handgun," Flaherty said. "The man was subsequently shot. He was flown to UVA hospital in Charlottesville and is undergoing treatment as we speak."
Flaherty did not identify the injured man. Albemarle County Police Chief John Miller said one of the department's officers, whom he declined to name, was involved in the shooting and is now on administrative leave with pay.
The Virginia State Police is investigating the shooting; no one else at the residence was injured, Flaherty said.
Woodson has been charged with two felony counts for allegedly shooting into an unoccupied building, a bank, and destruction of property for damage done to a residential structure in addition to the charges he faces for his alleged involvement in the I-64 shootings.
Police linked Woodson to the Waynesboro shootings after a vehicle very similar in appearance to his orange 1974 AMC Gremlin was seen on surveillance footage captured by a security camera at the DuPont Community Credit Union the same night of the I-64 shootings.