Friday 19 October 2018

'Jealous ex' opens fire, kills five in Pennsylvania car wash

People comfort each other at the scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, outside Ed's Carwash in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pa.(Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
People comfort each other at the scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, outside Ed's Carwash in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pa.(Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
An official walks along a line of tow trucks on Indian Creek Valley Road as they remove three vehicles from a scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, outside Ed's Carwash in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pa. (Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
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A domestic dispute spurred the shooting deaths of five people at a Pennsylvania car wash, family sources said.

A jealous ex-boyfriend opened fire and killed four people at a car wash early Sunday morning in Pennsylvania, while a woman hiding in the back of a pickup truck suffered only minor injuries, according to police and the wife of one of the victims.

Police said suspected shooter Tim Smith was on life support and not expected to survive after shooting himself in the head during the attack.

The incident occurred early on Sunday in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles south east of Pittsburgh. WPXI-TV reports they spoke with family members.

The victims were identified only as three men and two women in their 20s and 30s. Four of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Another died at a hospital.

An injured person was taken to hospital. His or her condition and identity is not yet known.

An official walks along a line of tow trucks on Indian Creek Valley Road as they remove three vehicles from a scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, outside Ed's Carwash in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pa. (Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
An official walks along a line of tow trucks on Indian Creek Valley Road as they remove three vehicles from a scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, outside Ed's Carwash in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pa. (Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports a man who lives near the scene said he heard about 30 gunshots over a span of several minutes.

Two victims died inside a vehicle and two were found outside in the car wash's car park.

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