Suspected Pennsylvania Gunman Timothy Smith Dies in Hospital

Timothy Smith, the man believed to be behind the shooting at a rural Pennsylvania car wash that killed four people, has died of his injuries. 

Authorities confirmed on January 30, 2018 that Timothy Smith, 28, has died in hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Smith is the suspected gunman in a shooting at a Melcroft car wash around 3:00 a.m. on January 28. The village is located 42 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

When Smith was admitted to hospital, it was believed that he only had a few days to live, which turned out to be the case.

Did Obsession Set off Timothy Smith?

The motive for the shooting is not yet known. One possibility is that Timothy Smith was obsessed with one of the four shooting victims, Chelsie Cline, 25. According to Jenna Porterfield, the wife of one of the victims, Cline and Smith had broken up not long before the shooting.

In addition, the shooting occurred just days after Cline shared this message on her Facebook page: “After this week, I rlly [sic] need to get taken out…on a date or by a sniper either one is fine w me at this point.”

A Facebook friend of hers named Tim Smith ominously replied to the post with, “I could do both.”

A few days after the post, Smith was sat in wait at Ed’s Car Wash with a semi-automatic rifle, a .308 caliber rifle, and a handgun. He was also wearing a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels inserted.

When Cline and William Scott Porterfield, 27, arrived at the car wash and exited their vehicle, they were shot.

Courtney Sue Snyder, 23, and Seth William Cline, 21, arrived separately at the car wash in a pickup truck and were shot inside their vehicle.

An unidentified woman in the truck’s backseat dodged the gunfire but sustained injuries from broken glass. According to Sgt. Jeremy Barni of Pennsylvania State Police, the woman is cooperating with police.