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Suspected car-wash shooter not expected to survive after killing 4, possibly in a jealous rage

There was a deadly car wash shooting early Sunday in Pennsylvania. (Twitter)
January 29, 2018

The gunman suspected of killing four people at a Pennsylvania car wash was heavily armed and possibly inspired by jealousy, according to state police and news reports.

Timothy Smith, 28, was armed with a semiautomatic rifle, a .308-caliber rifle and a handgun and was wearing body armor when he allegedly opened fire early Sunday at Ed’s Car Wash, police said.

William Porterfield, 27; Chelsie Cline, 25; Courtney Snider, 23; and Seth Cline, 21, were killed in the 3 a.m. attack in Saltlick Township, which is 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Smith, the suspected gunman, was also shot in the head, possibly a self-inflicted wound, police said. He was hospitalized on life support Sunday and is not expected to survive, police said.

Another woman hid in the back of a truck when the shooting erupted and suffered minor injuries from broken glass, police said.

Authorities haven’t revealed how Smith knew the victims.

But Chelsie Cline’s half-sister, Sierra Kolarik, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Smith developed an obsession with Cline after the two possibly dated.

Porterfield’s widow, Jenna Porterfield, 24, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Chelsie Cline recently broke off a relationship with Smith.

Cline shared a meme on her Facebook page last week that read, “After this week, I rlly (sic) need to get taken out … on a date or by a sniper either one is fine w me at this point.”

A Facebook friend named Tim Smith replied, “I could do both.”

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. Police were already on the scene when he arrived.

A man who lives nearby told the newspaper that he heard about 30 gunshots over a span of several minutes.


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