RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Frightening new developments confirm what many feared in the case of the couple injured in a bizarre incident on Interstate 95 back in October. Virginia State Police now say those injuries are in fact the result of a shooting.
We now officially know it was shotgun pellets fired at close range that shattered the driver's side window and injured Betty and Tom Doyle. Even with this latest development, much about the night of October 10 remains a mystery.
It was a theory many of you emailed and called our newsroom about and one that even before confirmation, struck fear in the hearts of Richmonders.
"State Police is able to confirm that this was the result of a shooting on Interstate 95," Sgt. Thomas Molnar said.
Exactly two months later, victims Betty and Tom Doyle are back home in Pennsylvania but still on a long road to recovery. She anticipates many doctors' appointments ahead and he is in a rehab facility, which specializes in spinal cord and brain injuries. State Police now say those injuries were caused by shotgun pellets. Only recently did the state lab identify the metal fragments removed during surgery as coming from a shotgun.
Now, authorities are reiterating the call for tips.
"It is very important for the public to think about what they may have seen," Molnar explained. "Any piece of information they may have could help solve this case but unfortunately this is all that we have."
Even though investigators say the Doyles were shot by someone on the road in a vehicle next to them, they don't believe this was any sort of road rage incident. Still, they don't know who fired the shot and why.
We asked Sgt. Molnar if drivers who travel that area now have anything to fear.
"Well, we haven't had any incidents since then and we haven't had any incidents before then but being that somebody was traveling down I-95 and a vehicle pulled up alongside the Doyle's truck and shot the driver's side window," he responded.
Obviously, I-95 is well traveled and you may not remember if you were on the road that particular night. To jog memories, State Police say an accident in the area earlier that evening closed down two lanes and slowed down traffic. If you were stuck in that mess, you may have seen the Doyles and witnessed clues.
The Doyle's friends and family are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in this case. If you know anything, call State Police at 553-3408.