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American Carnage: Ex-boyfriend killed 4, then shot self

A man wearing a ballistic vest and carrying multiple weapons, including an assault rifle, may have shot himself following an early morning massacre Sunday that left four dead and a fifth injured in a rural hamlet in Fayette County.

The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. in the parking lot of Ed’s Car Wash on Route 711, also known as Indian Creek Valley Road, in Saltlick Township, just outside Melcroft. 
The four victims who were pronounced dead at the scene were Chelsie Cline, Cortney Snyder, Seth Cline and Will Porterfield.
At a news conference later Sunday, state police said Mr. Porterfield, 27, and Ms. Cline, 25, arrived in a Dodge Stratus, exited the vehicle and were shot dead by Tim Smith, who was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a .308-caliber rifle and a 9 mm handgun. Authorities said Mr. Smith had multiple magazines for the AR-15 and 9 mm guns. They said the .308 rifle was not used in the attack.

Cortney Snyder, 23, Seth Cline, 21, and Sammi Snyder were parked at the scene in a green Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Authorities said Mr. Smith fired at that vehicle and killed Cortney Snyder, who was driving, and Mr. Cline, who was in the front passenger seat. Sammi Snyder, who investigators said is in her early 20s, was in the backseat of the pickup and hid during the shooting. She was injured only by broken glass.
It’s unclear why the group had gathered at the car wash.
As of late afternoon Sunday, police had not discussed the motive for the mass shooting, but family members at the homicide scene along Route 711 said authorities had been more forthcoming with them privately.
Jenna Porterfield, 24, of Connellsville, who was married to Mr. Porterfield and is pregnant with his child, was open about her conversation with police.
“I was told my husband was cheating on me with [one of the victims], and that she had broken up with her previous boyfriend two days ago, and he went crazy and shot them all,” she said.
Two of the victims — Chelsie Cline and Seth Cline — were half-siblings. Police described Ms. Cline as Mr. Porterfield’s “companion.”
“We’re all from around here. We all know each other,” Mrs. Porterfield said of the victims.
She said police identified the shooter to her as Tim Smith, a jealous former boyfriend of Ms. Cline. Mrs. Porterfield also said police told her that Mr. Smith shot himself in the head after killing the others.
Investigators said Mr. Smith was wearing a body armor vest, but “without the the ballistic panels inserted.”
They said there is the “possibility” that Mr. Smith’s wound was self-inflicted, but added “that determination has not been made.” They acknowledged, however, that Mr. Smith, who was hospitalized in critical condition, was “not expected to survive.”
Mrs. Porterfield said she and her husband married in November and had been “having some troubles” this month.
She said she was told by family members of the other victims that her husband had spent the past two days with Chelsie Cline, who had ended her relationship with Mr. Smith a couple of days earlier.
“I’m not holding that against Will. We weren’t fighting. We were fixing. And if he was with someone else while we were having problems, honestly, I don’t care what he did. I’m not going to hold that against him,” she said. “I’d give anything to have him back.”
They had known each other since they were teenagers, she said.
Mrs. Porterfield said state police asked about infidelity in their marriage. She told them she had heard that her husband had spent the past two days with Chelsie Cline.
“I told [the police I] just found it out,” she recounted.
She said the couple had blended a family: her three children with his two, and they were expecting a child of their own.
She said Chelsie Cline had a child, as did Cortney Snyder.
Mrs. Porterfield said she was numb and in shock and wondered if anyone could have seen this coming. She referenced a Facebook post on Wednesday from Chelsie Cline that noted “After this week, I [really] need to get taken out … on a date or by a sniper either one is fine [with] me at this point.”
Mr. Smith responded: “I could do both.”
Correction (made Jan. 29): The name of one of the victims is Cortney Snyder. An earlier version of this story had an incorrect spelling.
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