MELCROFT, Pa. (KDKA) — The man accused in the shooting deaths of four people over the weekend at a Fayette County car wash has died.
According to state police, 28-year-old Timothy O’Brien Smith was pronounced dead by two different doctors at Forbes Hospital Sunday night.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office says he sustained a gunshot would to the head, and have ruled his death a suicide.
Smith is accused of fatally shooting 27-year-old William Scott Porterfield, 25-year-old Chelsie Lou Cline, 23-year-old Courtney Sue Snyder and 21-year-old Seth William Cline early Sunday morning.
KDKA has learned the events that led up to the murders may have begun at a place called the Tall Cedars bar in Donegal.
According to sources and management, the four victims and one survivor were at the popular establishment just before they traveled to a car wash early Sunday morning in nearby Melcroft.
Following the shooting, it’s believed Smith then turned the gun on himself.
Indications are the heavily-armed Smith may have ambushed the victims. Investigators and family members say Chelsie was seeing Porterfield, but had some type of relationship with Smith before she ended it. Family members believe that rejection may have sparked Smith’s attack.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.