A man was killed and an 18-year-old woman was critically injured late Wednesday after being shot outside a Stafford county convenience store, police said.

Sheriff's Maj. Don Lenhart said the incident took place about 10:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the 5 Twelve gas station at 1075 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford. Deputies responding to a 911 call found the two victims unresponsive in the parking lot with gunshot wounds to the upper body. An off-duty emergency medical technician was providing aid to the victims.

Troy Barnett, 20, of Stafford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Laura Guadalupe Gomez-De La Cruz of Stafford was rushed to a hospital from the scene and remained in critical condition Thursday. She had been shot in the head.

Stafford detectives are still trying to identify a suspect and a motive for the shootings, Lenhart said.

An eyewitness saw someone run to a dark-colored sedan that left the parking lot at a high speed, Lenhart said. That car was last seen heading east on State Route 610. But Lenhart said it isn't clear if that was the suspect fleeing the scene or a bystander rushing to get away from the gunfire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jamie Wright at 540/658-4450.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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