The couple pulled up to a house Saturday expecting to buy a cellphone.
They’d been talking with a young girl via OfferUp – an app that connects local buyers and sellers – and made plans to meet up.
But when they got there, Frederick, a 20-year-old Navy sailor, felt something wasn’t right, his father said Tuesday. It was shortly before 9 p.m. in the 2500 block of Moton St. in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Six people surrounded the car, and one started shooting, the father said.
Frederick was struck in the chest and head – causing permanent vision loss in his left eye. His pregnant wife, Emily, was hit in the chest, the bullet missing her heart “by centimeters,” her father-in-law said.
The baby is OK, but the couple remains hospitalized and faces many unknowns, Frederick’s dad, Randy, said Tuesday. He asked that The Virginian- Pilot use only their first names because of safety concerns.
Officer Ricky Wright, police spokesman, said there’s been a recent string of about nine robberies related to online marketplaces such as Facebook, Craigslist and OfferUp. It was not immediately known whether those robberies were connected. Police are investigating.
Police said those using the apps can meet up to exchange goods at a designated spot outside police headquarters at 801 Water St. They suggest meeting between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, when a security officer is on duty.
“I don’t want something like this to happen to someone else,” Frederick’s father said. “It’s just senseless.”
Frederick went into the Navy in January, and the couple moved to Hampton Roads several months ago. Emily is four months pregnant.
Randy said his son had $300 on him the night of the shooting, but the group didn’t steal anything.
Frederick got the car moving and took off, but he told his wife he couldn’t see, he said. They crashed into a car a few houses away. Emily was able to drive to a nearby convenience store, where police soon arrived, Randy said.
The couple has been surrounded by family in the hospital, he said, and Emily hasn’t left her husband’s side. Frederick has limited sight in his right eye, but the family holds out hope his vision will improve.
“We don’t know what the future holds now,” Randy said.
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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
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"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."