UPDATE: No Charges For Seller Who Sold Gun To WV Killer

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UPDATE: 12/08/2014 03:30 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A Monongalia County ex-convict who murdered four people last week purchased the weapon used in the killing spree online from another West Virginian.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt of Westover purchased the firearm about a year.

George Huffman says ATF traced Hunt's gun to a Monongalia County resident who sold Hunt the gun via Facebook.

Hunt was barred from purchasing or carrying a firearm because he's a convicted felon with criminal records in West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Huffman says the seller will not be charged.

Police say Hunt killed 45-year-old Douglas Brady, 43-year-old Jody Taylor, 28-year-old Michael Frum, and 39-year-old Sharon Berkshire on the morning of December 1. Hunt was later found dead in his truck.

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UPDATE: 12/08/2014 12:00 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The sister of a victim in last week's shootings that left five people dead asks that Monongalia County residents forgive the shooter.

Forty-year-old Rachel Coll of Seguin, Texas, says she hopes the people of Morgantown and Westover will absolve the shooter and move forward. Coll's sister, 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire, was one of four people killed in the shooting spree. The shooter, 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt, committed suicide.

Coll made the comments to The Associated Press on Monday while friends and family gathered for Berkshire's funeral at Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown.

A fundraiser was started in Berkshire's honor through the online fundraising site GoFundMe. Nearly $8,000 has been collected.

Funerals for the other victims were held Friday.

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UPDATE: 12/05/2014 03:45PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Three of four West Virginia people who were fatally shot in north-central West Virginia by a lone gunman have been laid to rest.

Funerals were held Friday for 45-year-old Douglas Brady, 43-year-old Jody Taylor and 28-year-old Michael Frum.

Tow trucks were parked in the lot of McCulla Funeral Home in Westover for the funeral of Brady, a towing operator.

Frum's funeral was held at Hasting's Funeral Home in Morgantown, while Taylor's was held at Riverside Apostolic Church in Morgantown.

Services for a fourth victim, 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire, are incomplete. Her family arranged an online fundraiser to pay for her funeral. It has not reached its $8,000 goal.

Police say all four were fatally shot Monday by 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt, who then killed himself.

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UPDATE: 12/03/2014 04:40 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Funerals are set for three West Virginia residents who were fatally shot this week in north-central West Virginia.

Morgantown-area funeral homes on Wednesday released information on services for Douglas Brady, Jody Taylor and Michael Frum. Police say they were fatally shot Monday by Jody Lee Hunt, who then killed himself.

McCulla Funeral Home in Westover says services will be held for Brady at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and for Taylor at 2 p.m. Friday at Riverside Apostolic Church in Morgantown.

Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown is handling services for Frum and a fourth shooting victim, Sharon Kay Berkshire. Frum's service is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Berkshire's visitation will be held on Sunday. Information on her funeral was incomplete.

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UPDATE: 12/03/2014 08:00 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - About one week before a Morgantown business owner and ex-convict shot and killed four people, his stepson says Jody Lee Hunt appeared agitated and distracted.

Nineteen-year-old Tristan Bird lived with Hunt for five years while Hunt and Bird's mother were married.

Bird says that when they spoke last week, Hunt told him his girlfriend had slept with another man, and he appeared to be trying to repress intense anger. Bird says Hunt also remarked that he wasn't afraid of going back to prison.

Posting a message to Facebook as authorities hunted him down after the killings, Hunt said he wanted to see his victims punished. He said his actions were not right, but, in his words, "nor were the actions of those who tried to tear me down and take from me."

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UPDATE: 12/02/2014 02:00 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a towing company owner killed his ex-girlfriend, two men she was having a relationship with and the owner of a rival tow truck firm in West Virginia.

Police say the shooter, Jody Lee Hunt, killed himself after about a 12-hour manhunt Monday. State Police Lt. Michael Baylous and Monongalia County Sheriff Kenneth "Al" Kisner on Tuesday revealed the motive for the rampage during a radio interview on West Virginia MetroNews.

Police say the shootings started Monday morning when the owner of a rival tow truck company, Doug Brady, was gunned down at his business. Hunt then killed his ex-girlfriend Sharon Kay Berkshire and Michael David Frum, who were together at a house, before he went to another home and killed Jody Taylor.

Hunt was found dead Monday night in a truck.

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UPDATE 12/01/2014 8:50 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State police spokesman Lt. Dennis Johnson says 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt of Westover was found in the woods Monday evening in the southern part of Monongalia County.

Johnson says Hunt's body was found in "a power line right of way" around 7 p.m.

Earlier, state police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says Hunt was wanted in two shootings in the Westover area and the other the same day in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County.

Baylous says two of the victims were found in the Cheat Lake shooting. Court records indicated one of the victims had filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month.


UPDATE: 12/01/2014 02:30

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - State police say four people are dead in three shootings in north-central West Virginia.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says two of the shootings happened in the Westover area and the other occurred in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County. All three shootings occurred Monday.

Baylous identified the two victims from the Cheat Lake shooting as 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire of Westover and 28-year-old David Frum of Maidsville.

911 director Mike Wolfe says police are searching for Jody Hunt in the case.

More details weren't immediately available.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Multiple shootings have been reported in Monongalia County on Monday.

Investigators with the Westover Police Department and WV State Police have released a description of the vehicle they believe the suspect is driving.

Be on the lookout for:

2011 (approximately) Black Ford F150 with an extended cab

Unknown type sticker in the back window

Black Tonneau cover over truck bed

License plate blacked out and unreadable

If you know where the vehicle is or know something about the suspect, call 911 or WV State Police.

Investigators advise NOT approaching the vehicle or suspect.

Meanwhile, Dr. Frank Devono, Monongalia County Schools Superintendent, has instructed all Monongalia County schools to remain on lockdown as a precaution. He indicated the reported shootings are not associated with the schools.



 
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