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5 killed in shooting at Pa. car wash

A Melcroft resident sat in his truck across from Ed’s Car Wash, where five people were found dead and one injured after a shooting early Sunday.
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A Melcroft resident sat in his truck across from Ed’s Car Wash, where five people were found dead and one injured after a shooting early Sunday.

MELCROFT, Pa. — A man who fatally shot four people at a car wash was on life support Sunday, while a woman who had hid in the back of a car, was suffering from minor injuries, State Police said.

The shooting at Ed’s Car Wash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. in Saltlick Township, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

State Police said Tim Smith killed William Porterfield, 27, Chelsie Cline, 25, Courtney Snyder, 23, and Seth Cline, 21.

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The survivor was not shot but suffered minor injuries, they said.

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Police said that they were not able to speak with Smith at the hospital. They did not immediately say whether Smith knew the victims.

Trooper Robert Broadwater said two victims were found inside a pickup truck, and two others were found in the car wash’s parking lot.

Family members of the victims told WPXI-TV the shooting resulted from a domestic dispute. They said the shooter was a man who used to date one of the victims.

Ed Bukovac, who owns the car wash with his wife, Shari, told the Tribune-Review that a neighbor called him around 4 a.m. Sunday and said something was wrong at his business.

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Bukovac said police were there when he arrived and that he had few details about what had happened.

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

Shari Bukovac said that although the automated carwash is open 24 hours a day, no employees were on the property when the shooting took place.

She characterized Melcroft, an unincorporated community in Western Pennsylvania’s Fayette County, as ‘‘fairly quiet’’ and said that nothing of this magnitude had ever happened at the car wash in the roughly two decades the couple hax owned it.

Associated Press