State Police say a driver heading along Interstate 77 was shot and seriously injured this morning when another vehicle pulled up alongside and someone inside it opened fire. Troopers say it happened a few miles south of the West Virginia line in Bland County. Police are looking for a gold Pontiac Montana minivan.

NEWS RELEASE: A Tazewell County man is being treated for serious injuries after being shot at while traveling on Interstate 77 in Bland County Friday morning. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police by dialing #77 or calling 276-228-3131 or be emailing

At approximately 5:27 a.m. Friday (Jan. 3), the 40-year-old male was driving north on I-77 in a burgundy Toyota Corolla when a gold Pontiac Montana minivan pulled up beside his vehicle near the 63 mile marker in Bland County. Someone inside the Pontiac van began shooting at the Toyota and struck the driver. The van then continued north on I-77 towards West Virginia.
The Toyota’s driver pulled off onto the shoulder and called 911. He is being treated for serious, but non-life threatening, injuries at Wytheville Community Hospital.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office is investigating the incident