Two injured during recent shootings along area interstates


by 13News Now

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 5:45 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- State Police are investigating recent shootings on local interstates that left two women injured.  

According to State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a woman was shot in the head while driving eastbound on I-64 around the Big Bethal Road overpass in Hampton on Sunday. 

The victim, 30-year-old Gretchen Carmen Rock, of Manassas was riding in the front seat when she was shot by an unknown suspect. She was transported to Riverside Hospital and is expected to recover.

On Monday, Anaya says two black men in a gold-color Toyota Camry or Lexus were shooting at a vehicle on I-64 near Settlers Landing Road in Hampton and a woman shot. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators have confirmed that Monday’s victim was not the intended target of the shooting.

Witnesses say the men in the Camry were first seen shooting at an unknown vehicle traveling along I-64 before the woman’s car was struck. They exited the interstate at Mallory Street.

According to State Police, the shootings appear to be unrelated at this time. 

The Virginia State Police is encouraging anyone who may have information or witnessed any of the recent interstate shootings to call 757-424-6800 or #77 on a cell phone.

Motorists are encouraged to always remain aware of their surroundings when traveling anywhere in the Commonwealth.

If you should encounter an aggressive driver or witness an interstate shooting, you should keep your distance from the suspect vehicle and immediately call #77 on a cell phone or 757-424-6800 to notify the Virginia State Police.

Providing as much information as possible is critical -- interstate and mile marker, direction of travel, suspect vehicle description, license plate, etc. A motorist should never engage with such dangerous drivers.