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Suspect in West Virginia Shootings Knew Victims: Police

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The West Virginia State Police announced Tuesday that a man, who killed four people in West Virginia, knew his victims and they might have been in some relationships.

WASHINGTON, December 2 (Sputnik) – A man, suspected of killing four people in rural West Virginia on Monday, knew his victims, West Virginia State Police representative told Sputnik Tuesday.

Westover Police vehicles are parked outside Doug's Towing in Westover, W.V.,, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, after three separate shootings left four people dead on Monday - Sputnik International
Four Dead Following Shootings in West Virginia: Police

“They did all know each other. It wasn’t random at all,” Lt. Michael Baylous said.

Police believe the suspect Jody Hunt shot and killed Sharon Berkshire, Michael Frum, Jody Taylor, and Doug Brady in what could be a crime of passion.

“Investigators are still trying to piece together the details,” Baylous said. “It’s hard to give an exact motive. There are lots of different angles.”

Baylous said there appears to have been a relationship between the shooter and Ms. Berkshire. “She may have had a relationship with some of these men, at least Mr. Frum.” The police spokesperson also said there may have been a business relationship as well.

As the investigation continues, police could not reveal whether Hunt had a criminal record or whether the gun used in the killing was purchased legally.

The shootings occurred in Monongalia County in north-central West Virginia on Monday. Hunt was found dead in his truck with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday night.

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