MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A man shot and killed five people at a
residence in northern West Virginia and then fled to Kentucky,
where he fatally shot himself during a police chase, state police
Troopers found the victims' bodies Monday at a ramshackle home
in Monongalia County, several miles outside Morgantown. Police
believe all five victims were shot with a high-powered rifle, Capt.
James Merrill said at a news conference.
Merrill would not comment on a motive or say how the suspect,
22-year-old Shayne Riggleman of Morgantown, was connected to any of the victims.
Charles Richardson Jr., whose son was one of the five victims,
said he didn't recognize Riggleman's name or know his connection to
the family. Nor was he aware of his son having trouble with anyone.
After the slayings on Monday, Merrill said, Riggleman drove to
Fairchance, Pa., and met with a female friend whom authorities
would not identify. Upon leaving, he crashed into another vehicle
near Fairchance then ran down the driver as she got out of her car.
Authorities did not identify that victim but said she was
Riggleman then fled south on Interstate 79. Merrill said
Riggleman "randomly shot and severely wounded" Don Nichols, an
attendant at an Exxon station in Roane County, before heading to
Merrill identified the Monongalia County shooting victims as
49-year-old Charles Richardson III, his wife, 50-year-old Karen
Richardson, her children, 17-year-old Kevin Hudson and 22-year-old
Katrina Hudson, and 30-year-old Robert Raber. Katrina Hudson was
six months' pregnant. Raber lived in the house, but Merrill would
not otherwise elaborate on his relationship to the other victims.
Nichols, meanwhile, was in serious condition but expected to
Merrill called the case "one of the most heinous crimes I've
A Lewis County, Ky., deputy tried to pull over Riggleman for
reckless driving but he didn't immediately stop. The deputy pursued
the vehicle until the driver pulled over about a half-mile down the
road. The deputy found Riggleman with a self-inflicted gunshot
wound, Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens said.
Merrill said Riggleman had three guns when he was found - the
high-powered rifle, a second rifle and a .22-caliber handgun.
"It's unfortunate it ended the way it did ... but I do not
believe he would've stopped," Merrill said.
Charles Richardson's father told The Associated Press his son
was an employee of Federal Express and liked to tinker on vehicles
"He went about his business and I went about mine," he said,
"but I loved my son."
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