Price did not respond to a request for comment. Upon arrival at the residence in McKenzie Branch, Sheriff Price met with Deputies Fairchild and Mullins. The suspect was not there, and a search needed to be coordinated.
He also wrote on his Facebook page that the scene was 'heart wrenching, ' and said it was 'a multiple murder of family'. Sheriff Price put a BOLO out on the Camry.
Five people are dead, including a male suspect, after separate shooting attacks at a house and an apartment complex in northeast Kentucky Saturday, officials said. Nickell committed suicide, according to police.
The auto was spotted on Mill Street in Paintsville near an apartment complex. He says Joseph Nickell's girlfriend, Lindsey Vanhoose, and her mother, Patricia Vanhoose, later were fatally shot at an apartment in nearby Paintsville.
A witness saw the suspect, identified as Joseph Nickell, escape the home in a black vehicle, which was later found parked outside an apartment complex in Paintsville. All three were deceased.
Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price posted a statement on Facebook detailing the crime. There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man. "This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen", he added.
Price said his office is working the case along with Kentucky State Police. The sheriff described the killings as horrific and asked for prayers for the families.
State Police Trooper William Petry on Sunday released the victims' names and their relationships with the shooter, Joseph Nickell.
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