Four people were killed and one person wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Pennsylvania car wash early Sunday, with authorities claiming that the shooter was driven to a deadly rage due to his romantic obsession with one of the victims.
The shooting occurred in the small town of Melcroft, situated 42 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, CNN reported. Police identified Tim Smith as the gunman, but it appears that he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and may not survive his injuries.
“It is a possibility that the gunshot wound to smith was self-inflicted, however that determination has not been made at this point,” Pennsylvania State Trooper Robert Broadwater said during a press conference.
Among the victims killed that morning were two men and two women, WPXI reported. One of the women was 25-year-old Chelsie Cline, whose sister told the outlet that Cline was briefly involved with Smith several months ago. He never stopped pursuing her.
“He would leave her stuff on her car,” Cline’s sister said. “She’d get done with work and she’d come out and there would be a case of beer on her hood or scratch off tickets or anything. If he found out she was sick, he’d bring her flowers.”
The other victims were 27-ywear-old William Porterfield, 23-year-old Cortney Snyder, and 21-year-old Seth Cline. Snyder left behind a 4-year-old son.
A woman who was in the back seat of one of the vehicles that was targeted managed to survive with minor injuries by hiding out of view.
“She is cooperating with the investigation,” said Sgt. Jeremy Barni of the Pennsylvania State Police. “Obviously it’s a traumatic experience for her.”