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Mystery gunman fires shots into car in Port St. Lucie, killing woman

'We believe this to be a targeted incident,' assistant police chief says
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Posted at 12:32 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 23:32:54-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Port St. Lucie police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened late Tuesday night.

Officers responded to the area of Southeast Green River Parkway and Southeast Charleston Drive around 11:30 p.m. and found Gabriella Hanley, 20, laying on the ground next to a 2019 black Kia Forte. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Hanley's 21-year-old boyfriend — who had also been shot — was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said he's in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the man had picked up Hanley in Port St. Lucie and was driving south on Southeast Green River Parkway. That's when an unknown gunman fired several shots into the Kia Forte, striking the couple.

"We believe the vehicle, at some point, was followed by the suspects and gunfire was opened on the vehicle," said Port. St. Lucie Assistant Police Chief Richard Del Toro.

Del Toro added that, at this time, the shooting does not appear to be random. However, the motive remains unclear.

"Wasn't anything that was random, any type of road rage-type incident," Del Toro said. "That's why we believe this to be a targeted incident."

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Crime scene investigators are currently examining the victims' vehicle and collecting evidence.

"Our detectives have been working relentlessly since last night around midnight to follow up on all investigative leads," Del Toro said. "We are gonna work, like we always do, relentless and try to get justice for this family."

If you have any information that can help authorities, call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at 772-871-5000 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.