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Couple injured by shotgun blast on I-95 speak out for the first time

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

For the first time, we are seeing and hearing from the Pennsylvania couple injured on Interstate 95 when someone fired a shotgun into their truck back in October.

Tom and Betty Doyle made their first major public appearance since undergoing multiple surgeries at a fundraiser organized in their Philadelphia-area hometown. Both still have a long road to recovery with many questions left unanswered. Virginia State Police said Thursday they're still searching for the shooter.

Tom Doyle is confined to a wheelchair after shotgun pellets left him paralyzed, and yet he still smiled as he and his wife entered a room filled with family and friends.

"We've all been through a rough time so it's just terrific to see everybody," Tom said.

The Doyle's community is raising money to help with the family's new and unexpected medical expenses.

"This is totally overwhelming but we are so grateful, so grateful for everybody," Betty said.

State Police tell us they are still looking for information as to what happened on Interstate 95. They know the Doyles sustained their injuries from a shotgun blast, but they don't know who fired it and why.

Many here in Central Virginia have been waiting to hear more about this mysterious crime that left authorities with no suspects and few clues. Betty gave her account of those terrifying moments in October during a family trip down to Florida.

"We had no idea what happened to us," she recalled. "It went through the driver side window and hit my husband in the back and hit me in the face.  At first we had no idea what it was. We got ourselves over to the side of the road and our lives started from there."

Betty underwent extensive facial surgeries where doctors removed teeth, bone and metal. Tom has been hospitalized and spent time in a rehabilitation facility.

"I keep saying mine's a paper cut compared to what happened to him," Betty described.  "We're just trying to get him moving again you know."

Somehow, through all of this, the family is able to be grateful.

"We're still so lucky," daughter Kristin said. "We're so blessed and we have the most amazing community."

If you know anything about what happened to the Doyles, State Police want to hear from you. You can call the special agent investigating at 537-6788.

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