What the couple did not know on the time was the motive force, Dangelo Dorsey, 29, had simply dedicated a sequence of lethal crimes and an tried carjacking, authorities mentioned.
He’d opened hearth inside a transferring car, killing one individual and wounding one other, then jumped out of the automotive as visitors slowed down, mentioned David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. In an try and carjack one other car, Dorsey had allegedly shot a lady within the hand as she tried to drive away. A close-by truck driver suffered a gunshot wound to the face.
However the Stevens had been unaware. They pulled over after the accident, and their hourslong nightmare started.
“They stopped, believing it to be a fender-bender, and — at that time — Dorsey took them hostage at gunpoint,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation mentioned.
By the point the ordeal ended about 3:45 p.m., two males — Jordan Stevens and Darcey Johnson — had been lifeless. As well as, Aileen Stevens was hospitalized and three different individuals had been wounded.
They had been anticipating their first youngster
Aileen Stevens, 23, a kindergarten trainer, is 4 months pregnant with their first youngster — a daughter. Her brother, Eliezer Rostran, mentioned Jordan Stevens, 23, was working laborious at his building job to supply for his rising household.
The highschool sweethearts would go to church collectively Sundays, then spend time with household afterward. Aileen Stevens’ mom attends the identical church, and when she did not see them that morning, she obtained nervous. “That is how she knew one thing was unsuitable,” Rostran mentioned.
After Dorsey took them hostage, he compelled them to drive him to their house in Morrison, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation mentioned. Whereas there, he allegedly stole two of their weapons, swapped autos right into a Toyota Rav4 and compelled them into the automotive with him.
Sooner or later, he took the couple to a location within the McMinnville space and shot lifeless Jordan Stevens in entrance of his spouse, authorities mentioned. Then he pushed his physique out of the car, compelled Aileen Stevens again into the Rav4 and returned to the interstate, the TBI mentioned.
“Authorities later recovered him alongside Interstate 24 westbound close to Exit 111-B,” Rausch mentioned in a press release.
Regulation enforcement from a number of companies had been working to seek out the SUV, and positioned it about 3:45 p.m., resulting in a pursuit that reached speeds of over 100 mph. It crashed and flipped.
“At that time, Dorsey took his personal life. The feminine hostage was safely recovered,” Rausch mentioned.
Couple prayed for the suspect throughout ordeal, brother says
Whereas within the automotive with the suspect, the couple prayed for him, mentioned Rostran, who’s talked along with his sister.
“He was going to launch them, he requested, ‘would you pray for me?’ They prayed, Jordan prayed, after which he mentioned they should not have prayed. Some individuals do not care about God, however God is sweet, and is all the time devoted,” Rostran mentioned.
After spending the week within the hospital, Aileen Stevens is house recuperating. She’s holding on to her religion, her brother mentioned, and particularly the Bible verse Romans 8:28.
The verse says: “And we all know that in all issues God works for the great of those that love him, who’ve been known as based on his goal.”
Aileen Stevens is heartbroken however is attempting to remain sturdy for her child, her brother mentioned. Whereas the random act of violence modified their lives without end, her brother mentioned the main focus is on her therapeutic.
“We wish everybody to know that my sister doesn’t hate the actions of the topic. She would not hate the household both. She prays for mercy and loving kindness for all households concerned,” Rostran mentioned.
The TBI has not launched any data on the motive. The suspect knew the victims within the preliminary incident that concerned the transferring car, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine mentioned, however declined to supply additional data. The 4 individuals injured within the rampage are anticipated to recuperate.
Investigators are working to find out a motive
Authorities are attempting to collect data and proof in what they known as an extended and sophisticated investigation. They’re asking anybody with footage, video or particulars on the case to achieve out.
“We’re working to find out a motive, together with a via understanding of the details of the case, which — in flip — shall be submitted to the District Lawyer Common who requested our involvement for additional evaluate,” DeVine mentioned.
Morrison is about 80 miles from Nashville.