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Motives Behind Mon. Co. Shootings Unfolding, Victims Identified

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West Virginia State Police

UPDATED: 1:36 p.m. Tuesday December 2, 2014 

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.

UPDATED: 6:30 a.m. Tuesday December 2, 2014 

Police have released the name of the fourth victim in a series of shootings in north-central West Virginia.

Police say sheriff's deputies found Jody Taylor suffering from gunshot wounds Monday in Monongalia County. He died at a local hospital. Taylor's age and hometown weren't released.

The other victims of Monday's shootings were 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire of Westover, 28-year-old Michael David Frum of Maidsville and Doug Brady, the owner of a towing company.

The suspect, 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt, was found dead in his vehicle in a wooded area.

Police are trying to piece together information from three crime scenes to determine what prompted the shootings.

UPDATED: 5:57 a.m. Tuesday December 2, 2014 

Police say they'll try to piece together information from three crimes scenes to determine how and why a Monongalia County man fatally shot four people, sending officials on an hours-long manhunt, before killing himself.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jody Lee Hunt, who owns Morgantown-based J&J towing, was wanted in the deaths of four people in the three incidents. Police released few details other than a photo and the make and model of his truck as they sought him for much of day yesterday. In the evening, they said he was found dead in his vehicle in the woods.

One of the victims was shot in the Westover area, outside Morgantown, and two more in the Cheat Lake area. Court records indicated one of the victims in Cheat Lake had filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month.

Police say today investigators will sit down to work out the details of what happened.

UPDATED: 8:10 p.m. Monday December 1, 2014 

Reports are coming in that police have located and identified the suspect in Monday's shootings in the Morgantown area. Monongalia County 911 and the West Virginia University Police Department say Jody Hunt was found dead Monday evening. 

UPDATED: 7:26 p.m. Monday December 1, 2014

West Virginia State Police say four people are dead in three shootings Monday in north-central West Virginia.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says authorities have identified a third victim in the shootings as Doug Brady, 45 of Westover. Baylous says that shooting occurred at Dunkard Ave. in Westover at a business called Doug's Towing.

Other victims that have been identified are Sharon Kay Berkshire of Westover and 28-year-old David Frum of Maidsville. The two were killed in the Cheat Lake area on Monday.

Baylous says the Monongalia Sheriff's Department are working to identify the victim at the third location on Sweet Pea Lane in Westover.

 Authorities are still searching for 39-year-old Jody Hunt of Westover as a suspect in the shootings. Hunt was last seen driving  a 2011 Ford F-150 extended cab truck with a license plate that's blacked out and unreadable.

UPDATED: 2:47 p.m. Monday December 1, 2014

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.

UPDATED: 2:22 p.m. Monday December 1, 2014

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Credit MECCA 911
MECCA 911 released this photo of Hunt's truck.

 
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.

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

More details weren't immediately available. 

 
ORIGINAL: Monday December 1, 2014

 
Police are searching for a suspect following three shootings in north-central West Virginia and it isn't immediately clear if anyone was injured.
Monongalia County sheriff's Chief Deputy Perry Palmer says the shootings happened Monday morning.

 
 
911 director Mike Wolfe says schools in Monongalia County are on lockdown and that police are searching for Jody Hunt in relation to the case.

Police also are searching for a 2011 Ford F-150 extended cab truck with a license plate that's blacked out and unreadable.

 

Details of the shootings weren't immediately available.

 
 


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