5 dead after 'horrific murder spree' in Johnson County

5 Dead Following Johnson County Kentucky Shootings

5 Dead Following Johnson County Kentucky Shootings

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.

Authorities did not immediately identify the victims but a source told Heavy that the slain were Nickell's mother, father, girlfriend, and her mother.

A man murdered four people and then killed himself in rural Kentucky on Saturday in what the local sheriff said was one of the most disturbing cases he's ever encountered, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.

Later, about seven miles away in downtown Paintsville, two women were shot dead in an apartment.

The identities of the victims were not released pending notification of their relatives, officials said.

"The perpetrator then took his own life", Sheriff Dwayne Price said.

Five people are dead after what deputies are calling a "horrific murder spree".

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says deputies found two people dead in a kitchen of a home off McKenzie Branch Road.

"There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man", Price wrote in the Facebook post.

The statement didn't indicate the relationships between Joseph Nickell and the victims or give a motive for the shootings, which remain under investigation. "I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years", Price said.

The names of the victims is being withheld while their families are notified.

According to investigators, a witness said the suspect left the scene in a black Toyota Camry.

Officials identified the gunman as Joseph Nickell, but no other information about him was made available.

"No matter how many deaths you have seen or how many scenes you have been on, it never gets easier".

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