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Police: Man suspected in W. Virginia killing spree shoots himself

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The suspect is identified as Shayne Riggleman, 22, of Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Authorities say he also ran over an elderly woman after hitting her car
  • The suspect also shot a gas station attendant in the neck, police say
  • Police say Riggleman fatally shot himself after a chase in Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky

(CNN) -- A man suspected of killing five people inside a West Virginia home killed himself after a police chase in Kentucky, authorities said.

Police arrived Monday at a home in the Morgantown area after receiving a request for a welfare check and found five bodies with gunshot wounds inside, West Virginia State Police said.

"The information that we developed on the suspect is that he left that residence in a vehicle of one of the victims," Capt. James Merrill told reporters Tuesday.

The suspect struck a vehicle, and when an elderly woman came out, "the suspect ran her over," Merrill said.

The man then drove on Interstate 79 and arrived at a gas station, "where he randomly shot and seriously wounded the station attendant in back of the neck," police said.

Merrill said the suspect then headed to Kentucky and led a brief chase with authorities from Lewis County.

"After a short pursuit, the suspect stopped his vehicle and fatally shot himself," Merrill said.

The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Shayne Riggleman of Morgantown. Police said he was an acquaintance of some of the victims.

Merrill said police do have a suspected motive, but did not want to divulge it, citing the ongoing investigation.