A Kentucky gunman killed his parents, his girlfriend and his girlfriend's mother at two locations Saturday afternoon in Johnson County, before turning the gun on himself, state police said Sunday.
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.
Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said in a statement, "This has been a horrific murder spree".
A witness then identified the suspect as Nickell and gave a description of the auto he escaped in. A message left with Petry wasn't immediately returned. An apartment was located that had the bodies of two additional victims and the preparator, Joseph Nickell.
A 911 call about the vehicle led deputies to a second home in Paintsville where they found two other people dead in an apartment.
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A witness saw the suspect, identified as Joseph Nickell, escape the home in a black vehicle, which was later found parked outside an apartment complex in Paintsville. All three were deceased.
'There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man. "The perpetrator then took his own life. I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years", Price said.
Price said the Kentucky State Police is assisting in the investigation. The sheriff described the killings as horrific and asked for prayers for the families.
Sheriff Price concluded by saying, "In respect, for the victims, we are not releasing any names pending notification of families".
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.