Police: 5 slain in W.Va. before suspect kills self

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A man with a high-powered rifle and two other guns shot and killed five people at a West Virginia home and fled, fatally shooting himself hours later during a police chase in Kentucky, authorities said Tuesday.

Troopers found the five bodies Monday at a ramshackle home west of Morgantown in northern West Virginia, state police Capt. James Merrill said.

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. He called it one of the "most heinous crimes" he had come across.

After the killings, Riggleman drove about 20 miles to Fairchance, Pa., and met with a female friend whom authorities would not identify, Merrill said. Upon leaving, he crashed into another vehicle near Fairchance and then ran down the elderly female driver, leaving her seriously injured.

Merrill said Riggleman "randomly shot and severely wounded" Don Nichols, an attendant at an Exxon station in Amma, about 30 miles outside the West Virginia capital of Charleston, before heading to Kentucky.

Nichols was reported in critical condition but was expected to survive.

Sometime later, a Lewis County, Ky., deputy tried to pull over Riggleman for reckless driving, but he didn't immediately stop, authorities said. 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 identified the five Morgantown shooting victims as 49-year-old Charles Richardson III; his wife, 50-year-old Karin 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.

Police: 5 slain in W.Va. before suspect kills self 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:59pm]

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