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Suspect in mass shooting at car wash pronounced dead

MELCROFT, Pa. — The suspect in Sunday's mass shooting at a Fayette County car wash has been pronounced dead.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Timothy O'Brien Smith, 28, was officially pronounced deceased by two separate doctors at Forbes Regional Hospital at 8:54 p.m. Sunday.

Smith was accused of shooting and killing four people at a car wash in Melcroft early Sunday morning.

Investigators believe he then turned the gun on himself.


Channel 11 has contacted police to determine why they waited to announce Smith's death.

Chelsie Cline, one of the victims, used to date Smith.

The motive behind the shooting is still unclear.

The other victims, Cortney Snyder, Seth Cline and William Porterfield, were also in their 20s.

All knew each other well.

There was a fifth person with the victims that night.

She managed to escape injury and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.