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Kentucky man kills four people and himself, police say

Kentucky man kills four people and himself, police say

Five people, including a suspected gunman who apparently took his own life, were killed in a shooting spree at two locations in northeastern Kentucky, officials said on Sunday.

Among the dead at the second residence was the suspect, whom police identified as Joseph Nickell.

At 1533 on Saturday, February 10, 2018, Paintsville 911 received a call concerning a shooting at McKenzie Branch.

According to a witness the perpetrator left the scene in a black Toyota Camry.

The vehicle was spotted on Mill Street in Paintsville near an apartment complex.

Responding deputies and Price found two victims dead in the kitchen.

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"There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man", Price wrote in the Facebook post. The lives of four innocent victims were taken.

State Police Trooper William Petry says in a news release that James and Arlene Nickell were gunned down Saturday at a residence in the McKenzie Branch area of Flatgap, Kentucky, while Lindsey and Patricia Vanhoose were fatally shot at an apartment in nearby Paintsville. "I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years", Price said.

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Nickell was also in the apartment and had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the newspaper reports.

The identities of the victims are being withheld until their family members can be notified, and Price urged people to give them their space.