UPDATE: Suspect In Monongalia Co. Quadruple Murder Dead, More Victims Named
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 01, 2014 @ 11:41PM
Created on December 01, 2014 @ 11:31AM
UPDATE: Monday, December 1, 8:30 p.m.
The Monongalia Sheriff's Department has released that Jody Taylor was the victim shot on Sweet Pea Lane just before 10 a.m. Monday.
Taylor was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Other media outlets are reporting that Doug Brady, owner of Doug's Towing, was also killed after Hunt shot him Monday. 5 News is working to confirm this.
Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown obtained a statement from shooting victim Michael Frum's family. In it they said:
"The outpouring of support shown to our family by today's events is greatly appreciated and overwhelming. Mike was a loving, father, son, and brother whose family meant everything to him. Plans for a public visitation and funeral service will be announced when all details have been finalized. While we appreciate the love and support shown to us by our friends and the community, we ask that our privacy at this time be respected, so that we can properly grieve our loss."
UPDATE: Monday, December 1, 8:07 p.m.
Monongalia Sheriff's Department and State Police have confirmed that shooting suspect Jody Hunt was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head off of U.S. Route 19 near the Monongalia and Marion County border.
UPDATE: Monday, December 1, 7:50 p.m.
The prime suspect in a quadruple murder throughout Monongalia County is dead. WVU Police have confirmed Jody Hunt was located on Monday and he is deceased.
Stick with 5 News for the latest information.
UPDATE: Monday, December 1, 2:15 p.m.
According to police, four people were killed in the shootings Monday morning.
State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says two of the shootings happened in the Westover area and the other occurred in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County. All three shootings occurred Monday.
Baylous identified the two victims from the Cheat Lake shooting as 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire of Westover and 28-year-old David Frum of Maidsville.
Police say Doug Brady, of Doug's Towing, was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. No word on his condition.
Investigators have identified the suspect as 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt. Hunt reportedly operates J & J Towing & Repair.
Schools in Monongalia County are on a voluntary lockdown and Marion County schools are under a Code Yellow, meaning activities are continuing per usual inside the schools but outside doors are locked and extra precautions are being taken for visitors.
West Virginia University told CBS News that there was no immediate threat to its campus. "The incident is not associated with WVU nor did it occur on or near campus," the university said in a news release.
UPDATE: Monday, December 1, 1:40 p.m.
Monongalia County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Perry Palmer confirmed law enforcement in Monongalia County is investigating three shootings from Monday morning.
Westover Police are investigating the incident at Doug's Towing, while State Police are investigating one in Cheat Lake and the Sheriff's Department is investigating a third at Sweet Pea Lane.
There is a possibility that the three are connected.
MORGANTOWN, WV – Westover Police Department along with the WV State Police are currently looking for the following suspect vehicle believed to be involved in a shooting that occurred in Monongalia County. Be on the lookout for:
If you know the whereabouts of this vehicle, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or WV State Police.
Mecca 911 has confirmed reports of a shooting in Monongalia County. According to the 911 emergency log, a shooting was reported at Sweet Pea Lane.
Monongalia County Schools Superintendent Frank Devono confirmed to 5 News that all Monongalia County schools are on lockdown "because of the shootings."
No word on how many victims or suspects.
We have a reporter on scene.
Stay with us for this developing story.
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