As many as four people lost their lives in a shooting incident in Pennsylvania. Initially the death toll was said to be higher, but officials revised the death toll to four from earlier announced death toll.
Reports suggest that the shooting happened at Ed’s Car Wash took place at Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, some 55 miles from Pittsburgh. The shooting happened very early on Sunday, shocking the rather peaceful and quite town.
The victims in the shooting incident have been identified as William Scott Porterfield, 27, Chelsie Lou Cline, 25, Seth William Cline, 21 and Courtney Sue Snyder 23. In the meantime there are reports that one passenger in the car suffered minor injuries and somehow survived the mindless shooting that took the lives of four other people.
Authorities, in the meantime, have identified the suspect as 28-year old Timothy Smith. Authorities claim that the suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his head. It is being said in the media that the shooting suspect is not expected to survive. While it is not clear as to who shot him, there are speculations that the wound may be self inflicted.
The mindless shooting took place in Melcroft, an unincorporated area in Fayette County about an hour from Pittsburgh. Authorities claim that the shooting incident happened about 2:45 a.m. on January 28 on Route 711, also known as Indian Creek Valley Road
A Fox report said, “Smith — who officials said was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, .308-caliber rifle and 9mm handgun and was wearing a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels inserted — remained in a hospital on life support as of late Sunday afternoon, and isn’t expected to survive…Officials have not released a motive or revealed how Smith knew the victims, but Sierra Kolarik, half-sister of victim Chelsie Cline, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Cline and Smith knew each other, and he developed an obsession over her. WTAE reported the gunman was “heartbroken and jealous.””
In the meantime family members of the victims have said that the shooting may be the result of a domestic dispute. A report quoted Chelsie Cline’s sister saying the shooter is a man that Chelsie previously dated. Another report identify Smith as a “jealous boyfriend.” Jenna Porterfield, the pregnant wife of victim William Porterfield, told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she and her husband were having marital problems, and that she has learned “her husband had spent the past two days with Chelsie Cline who had ended her relationship with Smith a couple of days earlier.”
Reports suggest that the suspect who is now struggling for his life in a hospital after his self inflicted head wound worked as a country club cook. He was reportedly wearing a ballistic vest and was carrying multiple arms. While detailing himself on social media website, Facebook, he said that he worked as a cook at Ligonier Country Club and defined himself as “former Slave at Out of The Fire Cafe.” He also indicated that he studied photography at Westmoreland County Community College.
In another post on his Facebook page, he said, “Exactly, I would have stuck with just flectarn but you can find a lot more gear these days that’s also coated in multicam therefore making it really easy to match your equipment with your uniform. The army’s UCP pattern would have been great if they picked a better color scheme, but it just blends in with gravel, until you get some dirt and mud on it, then it’s somewhat efficient.” And another: “So far it works alright without any green foliage. But come summer time, I’m gonna blend like a chameleon.” One cover photo he posted was captioned “rage against the machine.” Another said, “live in the moment.”
victims’ families and friends are mourning the sudden death of their near and dear ones. Cortney Snyder’s friends have created a GoFundMe site to help her young son. “Cortney Snyder was shot and killed, Sunday, January 28th. The only thing she did was give someone a ride to their car,” the page says. “I’ve known this family my entire life. She leaves behind her 4 year old little boy, who was the love of her life. How do you tell this little boy that mommy isn’t coming home? The entire family is understandably devastated. They don’t have the money for this. How do you bury your 23 year old daughter? Please donate if you can and pray for Cindy, Rick and little Chase”, says the text on the page.