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Nash deputies: I-95 shooting spree ends in Virginia

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Nash County deputies chased a driver on Interstate 95 accused of shooting at random cars Saturday evening with a sawed-off shotgun.

The high-speed chase and shooting spree left two motorists and a deputy injured.

Deputies began their pursuit in southern Nash County, continuing through Halifax County and across the North Carolina-Virginia state line. The 100 mph chase ended in Emporia, Virginia.

Authorities have charged South Carolina resident Franklin Joseph Dangerfield with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and multiple traffic infractions.

After Dangerfield’s vehicle crashed in Virginia, authorities took him into custody and transported him to a Richmond hospital.

A woman in her 70s received treatment for a gunshot wound to her shoulder. Another woman received injuries when gunfire caused shattered glass to strike her. 

A Nash County deputy also injured in the chase was taken to a Virginia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said the situation was scary and God must have been with the people involved.

Reports of a woman being shot in Robeson County are also being investigated. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been called in to help.

South Carolina authorities charged Dangerfield with attempting to steal three cars and kidnapping two teen sisters in 2017.

Dangerfield was also arrested on narcotics charges in 2012.