PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of five people in Kentucky (all times local):
Kentucky State Police say a gunman killed his parents, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother in a weekend shooting spree in Kentucky.
State Police Trooper William Petry on Sunday released the victims’ names and their relationships with the shooter, Joseph Nickell.
Petry says Nickell’s parents, James and Arlene Nickell, were gunned down Saturday at a residence in the McKenzie Branch area of Flatgap, Kentucky. He says Joseph Nickell’s girlfriend, Lindsey Vanhoose, and her mother, Patricia Vanhoose, later were fatally shot at an apartment in nearby Paintsville.
Joseph Nickell’s body was found at the apartment in what authorities described as a murder-suicide.
Kentucky State Police have released the names of four people who were killed in a weekend shooting spree.
State Police Trooper William Petry says in a news release that James and Arlene Nickell were gunned down Saturday at a residence in the McKenzie Branch area of Flatgap, Kentucky, while Lindsey and Patricia Vanhoose were fatally shot at an apartment in nearby Paintsville.
Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price has said the body of the shooter, Joseph Nickell, also was found at the apartment in what authorities described as a murder-suicide involving several family members.
The statement didn’t indicate the relationships between Joseph Nickell and the victims or give a motive for the shootings, which remain under investigation. A message left with Petry wasn’t immediately returned.
Kentucky authorities say a male suspect is among five people who were found dead following separate shooting attacks at a residence and apartment complex.
Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price says in a Facebook post Saturday night: “This has been a horrific murder spree.”
Price says Paintsville authorities received a 911 call at 3:33 p.m. Saturday about a shooting at a residence in the McKenzie Branch community. Price and responding deputies found two victims dead in the kitchen.
The Lexington Herald Leader (http://bit.ly/2EjmqsW) says sheriff officials identified the shooter as Joseph Nickell, whose vehicle was later discovered at an apartment complex where two more shooting victims were found. Nickell also was found dead.
The names of the four victims were not released, pending family notification.
No further information was immediately available.