Timothy Smith has been identified as the suspect police say opened fire on multiple people early Sunday morning at a car wash in a small community in Pennsylvania, killing five, KDKA-TV reports.
A sixth person was hospitalized after the shooting in Melcroft, an unincorporated area in Fayette County about an hour from Pittsburgh, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if that person was shot. It is also not clear if the gunman is among the the dead or if he was shot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. on January 28 on Route 711, also known as Indian Creek Valley Road, according to to the Post-Gazette. The shooting occurred at Ed’s Car Wash, across from G&D Market and beside Ridgeline Heating and Cooling, the newspaper reports.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Family Members of the Victims Say a Domestic Dispute Led to the Shooting
Family members of the victims have said that the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute, according to WPXI-TV. The news station reports that the sister of one of the victims said the shooter is a man her sister previously dated.
A woman wrote on Facebook: “It’s my cousins….and those who was MURDERED did nothing wrong!! The lunatic who chased them down shot them all, then his self! He was a jealous X of one of his victims….that’s what happened!!!”
Four people died at the scene and a fifth person died at a local hospital. The sixth victim remains hospitalized with unspecified injuries, police said.
Two victims were located inside a pickup truck and “two others were found outside in the car wash’s parking lot,” reports 5 News Online, adding that authorities towed three vehicles from the scene.
2. The Suspect Was Wearing Body Armor & Armed With a Semi-Automatic Rifle, Police Say
Police say the suspect, identified by KDKA-TV as Timothy Smith, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the gunman was wearing body armor.
3. Smith Is From Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Sources Tell KDKA
Tim Smith is from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, according to KDKA-TV.
Little information has been released about Smith so far. Police have not confirmed if Smith was one of those shot at the scene.
4. The Victims, All in Their 20s or 30s, Include 3 Men & 2 Women
The victims are all in their 20s or 30s and include three men and two women, according to WPXI-TV.
Three of the victims have been identified by family members, including Chelsie Cline and her brother, Seth Cline. Erin Clarke, of WPXI-TV, reported that “we spoke with a woman who says her sister, Chelsie Cline and her brother Seth were two of the victims. She told us that the shooter was a man who Chelsie had previously dated.” Authorities had not yet confirmed this information.
Friends were already posting tributes to both Chelsie and Seth Cline.
Jenna Porterfield, of Connellsville, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette her husband, William Scott Porterfield, 29, was also killed in the shooting.
5. Pennsylvania State Police Are Investigating the Shooting & Have Released Few Details
The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the shooting and have released few details. A press conference is expected later Sunday.
Trooper Robert Broadwater told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there is no indication that the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad, but he did not comment on reports that the shooting was domestic violence-related.
“There is no indication of drug activity at this point. But we have no motive, no reason,” Broadwater told the newspaper.
“We’re not sure exactly what occurred,” Broadwater told the Tribune-Review. “Trying to investigate why this happened and how it happened.”
Melcroft is an unincorporated community in Saltlick Township in Fayette County. Saltlick Township, made of up of several small communities, is home to only about 3,400 people and is located about 50 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.