5 Dead in Kentucky Shooting Spree

Photo of 5 Dead in Kentucky Shooting Spree

(PAINTSVILLE, Ky.) — Kentucky authorities say a male suspect is among five people who were found dead following separate shooting attacks at a residence and apartment complex.

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price says in a post Saturday night: “This has been a horrific murder spree.”

Price says Paintsville authorities received a 911 call at 3:33 p.m. Saturday about a shooting at a residence in the McKenzie Branch community. Price and responding deputies found two victims dead in the kitchen.

The Lexington Herald Leader says sheriff officials identified the shooter as Joseph Nickell, whose vehicle was later discovered at an apartment complex where two more shooting victims were found. Nickell also was found dead.

The names of the four victims were not released, pending family notification.

No further information was immediately available.

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