4 Dead, 1 Hospitalized in Shooting at Car Wash

'No motive, no reason'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Officers work on the scene of a fatal shooting at a car wash in Melcroft, Pa., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.   (Michael Palm/Herald-Standard via AP)
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(Newser) – Four people are dead and another hospitalized following a shooting early Sunday morning outside a Pennsylvania car wash in what a state trooper tells the Herald-Standard was "a pretty intense scene." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports two bodies were found lying in the parking lot of Ed's Car Wash around 3am in Fayette County; two others were found in a car parked at the car wash. Authorities initially said a fifth victim died, but they later said he was on life support and not expected to live. Officials say the victims—a mix of men and women in their 20s and early 30s—all died from gunshot wounds, according to WPXI. Officials haven't publicly identified any of the dead.

Officials also haven't identified the suspect, who may or may not be among the dead. Officials say the suspect was definitely shot—though it's unclear if he shot himself—and was wearing body armor. Trooper Robert Broadwater says authorities "have no motive, no reason" for the shooting as of yet. However, one family says the shooter used to date one of the victims. Multiple weapons were found at the scene, which is in a small, rural community. (Read more shooting stories.)

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