William Porterfield, Courtney Snyder, Chelsie & Seth Cline dead in Melcroft shooting: Photos
The midnight shooting that killed four innocent people in this sleepy town has shocked everyone. Melcroft shooting has come as a shock to the people of the area. The shooter who has been identified since then is in a serious condition in a hospital and is not expected to survive.
Fayette County,Pennsylvania shooting happened in the dead of the night. The 28-year old shooter, who is said to be an ex lover of one of the women killed on the spot was armed with semi-automatic rifles. He has been identified as Timothy Smith and hails from the same area from where the now deceased woman belonged.
Pensylvania police have confirmed that four people have succumbed to bullet wounds. Initially the number of dead was said to be five. But authorities later revised the number of dead to be four. Besides the shooter, another woman survived the onslaught by hiding in the back of the pickup in which a few of the victims were travelling.
Meanwhile authoritieshave identified all the four victims who have lost their lives in Sunday morning shooting in Melcroft, Fayette County. They include beside Chelsie Cline, William Porterfield, Courtney Snyder and Seth Cline. All the victims were in their twenties.
William Porterfield was 27, Chelsie Cline was 25, Courtney Snyder 23 and Seth Cline was only 21 year old.
That’s a scary thought considering this is him! Holy crap! pic.twitter.com/HLDezvNfGy
— Miss Sassy 💋 (@MissSassyIA) January 28, 2018
This is the suspected shooter who killed 4 in Fayette County. 28-yr-old Tim Smith is still alive on life support. More on the tragedy tonight on Channel 11 News at 10 on Fox 53 and 11 @ 11. pic.twitter.com/JTQ4fQayGD
— Erin Clarke (@ErinClarkeWPXI) January 29, 2018
Senseless violence rocks rural Melcroft in Fayette Co, where 5 people were shot to death early this am at a car wash. One person is still hospitalized. My photographer @wpxigigi & I were first on the scene. We interviewed a man who heard the gunfire. That’s tonight at 6 pm on 11 pic.twitter.com/4myPzHtTA7
— Lori Houy (@WPXI_Lori) January 28, 2018
— Gigi (@wpxigigi) January 28, 2018
Meanwhile local authorities have said that a woman survived the shooting. Authorities said that the woman, the lone survivor from among the victims, was able to duck down to stay out of Smith’s view. She suffered minor injuries due to broken glass. Details released by the sheriff’s office suggest that Timothy O’Brien Smith was armed with a AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 9-millimeter handgun and a .308 rifle and was wearing a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels inserted.
In the meantime Cline’s half-sister, Sierra Kolarik, was quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Smith had become fixated with the woman. The woman claimed that her step sister had recently called it quits with Smith. before the quadruple shooting, Porterfield’s pregnant widow, Jenna Porterfield, told the paper.
The shootings devastated friends and family members, and the victims included two members of the same family. Chelsie Cline’s brother, Seth Cline, was also killed in the shooting, WPXI-TV reports. Victim 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.”