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State police investigating after man shot while driving on I-77 by someone inside minivan

A Tazewell County man is in serious condition after authorities say he was shot by someone inside a minivan that pulled up next to him while driving on I-77 in Bland County.

According to Virginia State Police, a 40-year-old man was driving north on I-77 when a gold Pontiac Montana minivan pulled up next to his car near mile marker 63 around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities said someone inside the van started shooting at a Toyota Corolla and hit the driver. The van then reportedly continued north towards West Virginia.

The driver of the Toyota pulled off onto the shoulder and called 911, according to state police. He is reportedly being treated for serious, but not life-threatening, injuries at Wytheville Community Hospital.

As a precaution, all Bland County schools were closed on Friday. Today was supposed to be the first day back after Christmas break.

According to school officials, schools are planned to be open Monday.

Officers have been conducting a thorough search of the county, according to the Bland County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with any information related to this shooting or the location of the Pontiac minivan is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 276-688-4311 or Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131.

Source: WSLS News 10

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