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Suspect in Penns car wash shooting ‘driven by jealously’

The man named suspect in the Pennsylvania car wash shooting was driven by jealously, family members to the four victims who were killed have newly revealed.

Timothy Smith, 28, gunned down William Porterfield, 27, Chelsie Cline, 25, Cortney Snyder, 23, and Seth Cline, 21, around 3am Sunday at Ed’s Car Wash in Melcroft, police say.

Suspect Smith was placed on life support over a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head following the deadly incident. Police say he is not expected to survive.

Smith was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a .308-caliber rifle and a handgun. He had been wearing a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels inserted at the time of the shooting.

 

The suspected shooter in the Pennsylvania car cash shooting Tim Smith is pictured. Family members of the shooting victims said he was the jealous ex-boyfriend to one of them

Tim Smith is shown

His ex-girlfriend who died Sunday Chelsea Cline in the shooting Sunday

Suspected shooter Smith is shown left next to his ex-girlfriend Chelsea Cline who died Sunday

William Porterfield (left) also was shot dead  Sunday. His wife said he had been hanging out with Cline days before her ex-boyfriend killed them

William Porterfield (left) also was shot dead Sunday. His wife said he had been hanging out with Cline days before her ex-boyfriend killed them

Victim and Chelsea Cline's half-brother, Seth Cline, is pictured. He was another victim in the Sunday shooting

Victim and Chelsea Cline’s half-brother, Seth Cline, is pictured. He was another victim in the Sunday shooting

Courtney Snyder is the fourth victim who was shot dead. Her Facebook bio reads 'full time mommy'

Courtney Snyder is the fourth victim who was shot dead. Her Facebook bio reads ‘full time mommy’

Another female victim hid out in the back seat of a truck and suffered minor injuries from broken glass, authorities say. 

A male neighbor near the car wash told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he heard roughly 30 gunshots fired over a span of minutes.

Porterfield’s pregnant wife, Jenna Porterfield, 24, revealed her husband and Cline – a former girlfriend to Smith – hung out together for two days prior to the shooting that killed them both, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The wife said she and her spouse were having marital issues since their November wedding, but she didn’t care ‘what he did’ and ‘would give anything to have him back.’

An officer stands guard as people comfort each other near the scene of a fatal shooting at a car wash in Melcroft, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

An officer stands guard as people comfort each other near the scene of a fatal shooting at a car wash in Melcroft, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

In this frame from video, police work at the scene of a fatal shooting at a car wash

In this frame from video, police work at the scene of a fatal shooting at a car wash

A coroner walks under the police tape at the scene where a shooter killed four people

A coroner walks under the police tape at the scene where a shooter killed four people

Evidence markers are shown on the scene on the gloomy Sunday morning 

Evidence markers are shown on the scene on the gloomy Sunday morning 

An official walks along a line of tow trucks on Indian Creek Valley Road as they remove three vehicles from a scene

An official walks along a line of tow trucks on Indian Creek Valley Road as they remove three vehicles from a scene

A little girl watches from the front of G&D Market as trucks remove three vehicles from a scene

A little girl watches from the front of G&D Market as trucks remove three vehicles from a scene

Police did not reveal whether the suspect knew the other two victims.

Cline’s half-sister, Sierra Kolarik, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Smith was obsessed with Cline, even after the pair’s relationship came to a halt.  

Kolarik said Smith left beer on her sister’s car and sent her flowers and presents recently to prove he loved her.

Cline’s sister added that Smith came across as ‘the most king-hearted person’ but had interest mostly in ‘guns and guns and guns and shooting and beer and rolling cigarettes.’

Smith’s Facebook bio reads he is a cook at Ligonier Country Club in Ligonier and a ‘former slave’ at Out of The Fire Cafe in Donegal.

People hug at the scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

People hug at the scene where a shooter killed four people Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

Locals and family members comfort each other at the scene where a shooter shot dead four

Locals and family members comfort each other at the scene where a shooter shot dead four

Sad locals walk toward the car wash scene where four young people lost their lives

Sad locals walk toward the car wash scene where four young people lost their lives

In his profile picture, he is shown him smiling widely and flipping a middle finger to his Facebook friends, underneath a cover photo that reads: ‘Live in the moment’.

Just last week, Cline shared a meme on her page that said: ‘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.’ 

Smith replied in the comments section: ‘I could do both.’ 

The shooting suspect was said to be the first to arrive at the car wash early Sunday before his ex-girlfriend and the three other parties arrived.

He sat in his parked pickup truck on the side of the two-bay car wash and waited. 

Smith is shown him smiling widely and flipping a middle finger to his Facebook friends

Smith is shown him smiling widely and flipping a middle finger to his Facebook friends

Police say when Porterfield and Cline exited their vehicle and walked out, Smith opened fire. 

Meanwhile the two other victims – Snyder and Cline’s half-brother, Seth Cline, arrived in a pickup truck around the same time.

They were both shot and killed while still inside their vehicle, police say.

A neighbor informed car wash owner, Ed Bukovac, in a phone call around 4am that something had gone seriously wrong at his business, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Porterfield is pictured on Facebook smiling before he died Sunday in the senseless shooting

Porterfield is pictured on Facebook smiling before he died Sunday in the senseless shooting

Cline is pictured alongside another individual. Her ex-boyfriend is on life support after he killed four and likely shot himself

Cline is pictured alongside another individual. Her ex-boyfriend is on life support after he killed four and likely shot himself

In this photo taken by Cayleigh Myers, Myers is shown with Seth Cline. Cline was among the four people killed

In this photo taken by Cayleigh Myers, Myers is shown with Seth Cline. Cline was among the four people killed

Synder is shown out hunting in a Facebook photo before she was gunned down Sunday

Synder is shown out hunting in a Facebook photo before she was gunned down Sunday

Bukovac said police were at the scene by the time he arrived and was informed on what had happened further.

Friend to construction worker Seth Cline, Cayleigh Myers, described him as ‘very outgoing, very funny and very smart.’

Myers said: ‘You always had fun when you were around him… he would give his shirt off his back for you, anything.

‘It didn’t matter what it was, what time it was, if you need him, you could call him. He was everything,’ she added.

Snyder’s Facebook bio reads ‘full time mommy’.

Her cover photo says: ‘She wears strength and darkness equally well, the girl has always been half goodness, half hell.’

The shooting happened in the rural and quiet town located about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh.



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