4 Killed In Shooting At Car Wash In Melcroft, Pennsylvania
MELCROFT, Pa. (CBSNews) — Four people were killed during a shooting at a car wash in suburban Pennsylvania on Sunday (Jan. 28) and police said they have not identified a motive for the killings.
The shooting at Ed’s Car Wash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Police said suspected shooter Tim Smith was on life support at a hospital after the shooting.
Police earlier said that a fifth person was pronounced dead at a hospital, but they announced at a late afternoon news conference that the shooter remained on life support.
Police said two of the victims were found inside a pickup truck and two others were found outside in the car wash’s parking lot.
Police identified the victims as 27-year-old William Porterfield, 25-year-old Chelsie Cline, 23-year-old Courtney Snyder and 21-year-old Seth Cline.
Family members of the victims told WPXI-TV the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute, and claim the shooter was a man who used to date one of the victims.
Ed Bukovac, who owns the car wash, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a neighbor called him around 4 a.m. Sunday and said something was wrong at his business. Bukovac said police were on the scene by the time he arrived and that he had few other details about what happened.
A man who lives nearby told the newspaper that he heard about 30 gunshots over a span of several minutes.
Three vehicles were towed from the location. Two were pickup trucks — including the one that two of the victims were found in — and the other was a sedan.