A gunman fatally shot a total of four people at two locations Saturday afternoon in Johnson County, Ky., before you put the gun on himself, authorities said.
The county sheriff’s office identified the killer as Joseph Nickell, Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The names of the four victims were not immediately released.
“There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing the four lives taken due to the actions of a man,” Sheriff Dwayne Price wrote on Facebook. “I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years. This is one of the most disturbing forms of violence I have ever seen.”
The Sheriff says that the killing of four people in Eastern Kentucky, today, is “one of the most disturbing forms of violence I have ever seen.”https://t.co/T13LilFXAw
— heraldleader (@heraldleader) February 11, 2018
Price wrote that the police in Paintsville police got a 911 call at 3:33 a.m. about a shooting in the McKenzie Branch near. When the sheriff and two deputies arrived on the scene, they found two dead bodies in the kitchen of an apartment, the Herald-Leader reported.
During their investigation, authorities got a tip about a vehicle in an apartment complex elsewhere in Paintsville. When officers arrived, they found two bodies, and that of Nickell, WKYT-TV reported.
Authorities determined that Nickell fatally shot the four other people, the station reported.
Price said that his office is working in the company, along with Kentucky State Police.