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State police seek tips in October I-95 shooting

12/10/2013, 4:19 p.m.
The 2007 Chevy Silverado was loaded with furniture

Special Agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Richmond Field Office are asking for the public’s assistance in an ongoing investigation into an incident that severely injured a Pennsylvania couple Oct. 10, on Interstate 95. Extensive analysis of metal material removed from one of the victims confirms investigators’ suspicions that the injuries were caused by a firearm.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, a dark gray, four-door, short-bed 2007 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling south on Interstate 95. Based on the ongoing investigation, state police have determined that as the vehicle approached Chippenham Parkway, the pickup truck’s driver’s side window was shattered by shotgun pellets. The pickup truck’s driver, Thomas Doyle, was struck and seriously injured. Pellets also struck the passenger, Betty Doyle, causing serious injury to her.

Ms. Doyle was able to take control of the pickup truck and safely bring it to a stop on the right southbound shoulder of I-95 just south of the Route 895/Pocahontas Parkway. The bed of the pickup truck was loaded with furniture.

Both victims were initially transported to VCU Medical Center then several weeks later were transferred to a Pennsylvania hospital. Metal fragments retrieved by doctors during surgery on one of the victims were submitted to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Richmond, Va., for testing and analysis. The lab was able to positively identify the metal material as shotgun pellets.

“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.”

A reward of $10,000 is being offered by the Doyle family for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

Anyone with any information can contact Special Agent Angie S. Witt at (804)553-3408 or at angie.witt@vsp.virginia.gov. All information provided is confidential.