Four people were shot to death at a car wash in rural Pennsylvania over the weekend. The alleged gunman Timothy Smith was reportedly fueled by jealous rage.
According to the Associated Press, Smith, 28, showed up to Ed’s Car Wash in Saltlick Township sporting body armor and armed with three guns. There, he shot four people to death: William Porterfield, 27; Chelsie Cline, 25; Courtney Snyder, 23; and Seth Cline, 21. Pennsylvania State Police have stated that the gunman was also wounded, likely from a self-inflicted gunshot. He is not expected to survive and is currently on life support. An additional woman in her early twenties was injured in the attack. She has not been identified.
"Obviously, it's a traumatic experience for her," Sgt. Jeremy Barni of the state police told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The victims had driven to the car wash in two separate vehicles. Smith was already parked there in a red pickup truck, waiting for them. Some victims were shot still sitting in their cars while the others were shot as they were exiting. The shooting has been described as an ambush.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, the family of the slain victims has stated that Cline and Smith used to date. Cline’s half-sister Sierra Kolarik, 24, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Smith was obsessed with Cline. She said that Smith sent her half-sibling flowers and Christmas presents and would even gift her beer on the top of her car.
Kolarik said that Smith "came off as the most kind-hearted person." She noted his interests were "guns and guns and guns and shooting and beer and rolling cigarettes."
Just last week, Cline shared a meme on her Facebook that stated:"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 man named Tim Smith responded, "I could do both."
Sadly, he seemed to have taken her up on that offer, assumed to have been a joke.
Porterfield's pregnant wife, Jenna Porterfield, 24, revealed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that police told her that Smith was a jealous ex-boyfriend.
Cline had just got off a late shift working at a deli hours before she died. She was reportedly in a good mood, even singing and dancing from behind the counter.
Her cousin April Cline, 37, revealed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that she felt ill after seeing Chelsie's Dodge Stratus on television, parked at the shooting scene.
"I felt that sick feeling, one of those things," she said. "I hoped to God it wasn't her."