A host of reasons propel political neophytes to run for office. But none may be as unusual as what inspired Juli Briskman — the cyclist who gave President Donald Trump the finger two years ago and found herself without a job.
On Tuesday, Briskman got a new job, winning a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and ousting a Republican in the process. “It’s feeling surreal,” she said.
In 2017, she was engaged in a different form of flipping, when she raised her middle finger as Trump’s motorcade departed his golf club in Sterling — in the district Briskman will represent.
A photo of the moment set off a social media storm. Her employer, government contracting firm Akima, fired her.
Briskman, 52, said she was intent on basing her campaign on issues and not the incident involving her finger.
“I’ve lived in the district for over 20 years,” she said. “We were a little concerned about that being the platform. Voters want to know you understand their issues.”
A man and two women were charged in a shooting that injured a tractor-trailer driver while he was traveling on Chippenham Parkway on Thursday afternoon. Chesterfield County police say the shooting was “road-rage related.”
Chazz L. Gordon, 31, was charged with malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and felony eluding. Police believe that Gordon, of the 4500 block of Anderson Highway in Powhatan County, was driving a gold Hyundai Sonata that tried to cut off the tractor-trailer and fired the shot at its driver.
Keyonna M. Wise, 26, of the 1800 block of Southlawn Avenue in Richmond, was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Khadijah R. Neal, 25, of the 2100 block of Accommodation Street in Richmond, was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of marijuana. Wise and Neal were passengers in the Sonata, police said.
The shooting occurred around 2:40 p.m. Thursday.
Police said the tractor-trailer had just merged onto northbound Chippenham Parkway when its driver heard a gunshot. The driver realized he had been shot and saw a gold Hyundai Sonata occupied by three people passing him and heading north on Chippenham Parkway.
The tractor-trailer driver recognized the vehicle as one that attempted to pull out in front of him on Commerce Road in Richmond, police said. The driver, who suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, called police and was transported to a hospital.
An officer in the area spotted the suspect vehicle and followed it. When the officer tried to stop the car, its driver fled and a pursuit ensued. Officers pursued the vehicle, which ultimately turned onto Ferguson Street in Richmond, where the three suspects attempted to flee. After a brief foot chase, all three suspects were taken into custody, police said.
All three are being held at the Chesterfield Jail without bond.
Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield Police Department at (804) 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660 or on the P3 Tips app.
Chesterfield County police are investigating a shooting Thursday afternoon that injured two men at an apartment complex off Walmsley Boulevard.
Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon said officers were called at 1:55 p.m. to the 3200 block of Kim Drive for a reported shooting. She said police located the two victims, who had non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals. An infant was found at the scene but was not injured, Caroon added. The investigation is ongoing.
The shooting occurred in a complex east of Turner Road and west of Chippenham Parkway near the Chesterfield-Richmond line.
Police said anyone with information can call Chesterfield police at (804) 748-1251.