Shooter kills 4, then himself in horrific murder spree,’ police say

A gunman killed four people at two separate locations in Kentucky before you get the gun on himself, according to the officials.

(WYMT via NNS)

A gunman shot and killed 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.

“This is a horrific murder spree. The lives of four innocent victims were taken. The offender then took his own life,” Sheriff Dwayne Price wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night.

“There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing the four lives taken due to the actions of a man,” Price wrote. “I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years. This is one of the most disturbing forms of violence I have ever seen.”

Joseph Nickell, who authorities said was behind the murder of four people in Kentucky on Saturday.


Price wrote that the police in Paintsville received 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. Photos posted on Facebook by Bob show he had a gun collection.

A photo posted by Joseph Nickell of different weapons that he owned.


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.

“Working on a murder is never easy,” Price said. “Works of the murders of four innocent people who are a part of the community is even harder.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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