West Virginia state police are on the search for Jody Lee Hunt, 39, of Westover, who is the sole suspect in three shootings on Monday, December 1 that have left four people dead.
The Charleston Gazette reports that Jody Lee Hunt, owner of J & J Towing, is expected to be driving a “black Ford f-150 extended-cab pickup, model year 2011 or similar, a tonneau cover on the bed and a blacked-out license plate. It may have the words ‘Rough Country’ in the back window.”
ABC News reports that two of the shootings happened at Doug’s Towing and on Sweet Pea Lane in the Westover area and the third took place on Sunset Beach Road in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County as reported by state police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous.
Three of the victims from the Cheat Lake shooting have been identified according to Lt. Baylous as Doug Brady of Westover, 39-year-old Sharon Kay Berkshire of Westover and 28-year-old David Frum of Maidsville, per Fox News. The fourth victim has not yet been identified.
WAJR reports, “Brady was gunned down at his business, Doug’s Towing in Westover, Monday morning. Police found Berkshire and Frum at Sunset Beach in the Cheat Lake area.”
Victim Sharon Berkshire is believed to have been Hunt’s ex-girlfriend.
Hunt posted on Berkshire’s Facebook page November 27 at 7:10 a.m. “Love doesn’t judge love excepts you as you are. Missing U!”
Although police have no reason to believe schools in Monongalia county were being targeted, Sgt. M. Starsick of the Westover police said all schools were placed on lockdown.
It’s just a precaution though. In no way, shape or form have the schools been involved in this incident.”
However, West Virginia University resumed classes as normal after their Thanksgiving break, believing there to be no threat to WVU staff or students. WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts tells ABC News it “was his understanding that no WVU students were involved.”
Police did not get an answer upon calling Hunt’s residence. As police continue their search for Jody Lee Hunt, Monongalia County 911 director warns the community to be on the lookout and aware of their surroundings, and to call 911 should they see Hunt or a vehicle fitting the description.
“We ask that everyone stay vigilant and use their discretion about whether they should leave their homes.”
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