A woman is shot in the face on a rural Connecticut highway.
On August 22, 1988, a woman we’ll call Carol, was headed to work along a quiet, two-lane highway near the town of Putnam, Connecticut. Carol worked as a social worker at a local hospital, where she counseled depressed and mentally ill patients. This particular morning, Carol was running thirty minutes late:
As Carol followed the pick up, it began to behave in a bizarre fashion. The pick up began to swerve and speed up and slow down erratically. Carol began to sense that something was clearly wrong:
Carol was shot in the face at point blank range. Because she was slumped across the front seat, she was out of view of the other drivers. A few minutes elapsed before a utility serviceman drove by. From his elevated cab, he could see into Carol’s car. He immediately called for help. EMTs knew they were racing against the clock–Carol had already lost two pints of blood.
Carol was barely alive when she reached the emergency room. The bullet had torn through her face about two inches before her left eye. Her carotid artery had been severed, paralyzing her left vocal chord. Detective Michael Foley of the Connecticut State Police later determined that the assailant was just ten feet away when he pulled the trigger:
Two drivers told Detective Foley that, in the hour before the shooting, a black pick up truck had pulled on and off the highway repeatedly, taunting other motorists:
Three months later, Carol’s condition had improved dramatically. But she was left with a grim physical reminder of the incident. The bullet that pierced Carol’s cheek is still lodged in the back of her neck:
The shooting took place near Putnam, Connecticut, on Brayman Hollow Road. The suspect is a white male, 5’10”. He has a medium build and brown curly hair. He was driving a well-maintained black step-side pick up truck. It had flared fenders, standard width blackwall tires and shiny plain wheel covers.