CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Virginia State Police now believe a shotgun severely injured a Pennsylvania couple in a mysterious incident on I-95 in October.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, a dark gray, four-door, short-bed 2007 Chevrolet Silverado was headed south on I-95 near Chippenham Parkway when the driver's side window was suddenly shattered by shotgun pellets. The truck's occupants, husband and wife Thomas and Betty Doyle, were both seriously injured.
During the incident, Betty Doyle managed to grab the steering wheel and safely pull the truck, which was loaded with furniture, over onto the right shoulder, near Route 895/Pocahontas Parkway.
The Doyles were transported to VCU Medical Center, and later to a hospital in Pennsylvania.
At the time of the incident, it was not known what caused the Doyle's injuries, but analysis of metal material removed from one of the victims confirms investigators' suspicions that a firearm was to blame.
"The evidence that was collected following surgery strongly suggests that this couple was shot at very close range, possibly by a passenger, in a vehicle that was traveling right beside them on Interstate 95," said Special Agent A.S. Witt, who is assigned to the Richmond Field Office of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. "Unfortunately, the couple is not able to provide any witness description of a suspect vehicle, so we are strongly encouraging anyone who recalls seeing the dark-gray, four-door Chevrolet Silverado that night or anything out of the ordinary on I-95 along the Richmond corridor to please contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Special Agent Angie S. Witt at 804-553-3408.
The Doyle family is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the incident.
8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton spoke with Thomas' brother in New Jersey, who's asking for prayers and answers in this shocking case.
"This has been a bizarre event and we really need the people to help us," Michael Doyle said.
His family says it's a miracle he survived.
"They have a lot of faith in kind of God's plan through this," Doyle said. "We thank the people for keeping us in your prayers and please continue to do so."
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