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Five killed, one wounded in car wash shooting

A gunman killed five people and wounded another at a car wash in western Pennsylvania early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Suspect Tim Smith fatally shot William Porterfield, 27, Chelsie Cline, 25, Courtney Snyder, 23, and Seth Cline, 21, at Ed’s Car Wash around 3 a.m. in Melcroft, police said.

Family members of the victims told WXPI-TV the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. They also said the suspect used to date one of the victims.


The shooting occurred just before 3 a.m. in Melcroft, a town about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. 

(Michael Palm/AP)

Smith, 28, was on life support at a hospital after a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said. 

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Four of the victims died at the scene, roughly 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. A fifth victim, who wasn’t identified, later died at a hospital.


Police have not released a possible motive for the shooting.

(Michael Palm/AP)

A woman who hid in the back seat of a pickup truck during the shooting only suffered minor injuries, authorities said. 

Two of those slain were found inside a green pickup truck, one of three cars towed from the car wash, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“There is no indication of drug activity at this point,” State Trooper Robert Broadwater told the newspaper. “But we have no motive, no reason.”

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