One of the victims of a two-hour shooting rampage in northern West Virginia on Monday had twice sought a restraining order against the suspect, 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt.
Police believe Hunt fatally shot four people at three locations Monday morning, sending local law enforcement officials on an all-day manhunt before he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Law enforcement officials said the shootings appeared to be targeted.
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Paramedics discovered he had been shot and employees called about 40 minutes later to report that security tape at the business showed the shooting, Smith said. Brady later died.
According to records from the West Virginia secretary of state's office, Hunt ran a competing business called J&J Towing and Repair, just a couple of blocks from Brady's shop.
Just before 10 a.m., the final call came reporting shots fired at a home on Sweet Pea Lane. The victim, later identified as Jody Taylor, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Hunt's criminal history suggests a violent past. In 1999, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony kidnapping and use of a firearm, Virginia criminal records show.
During their search, police said Hunt was armed and dangerous and was believed to be driving a black pickup truck with a blacked-out license plate and a cover over the bed. Several schools in Monongalia County were placed on lockdown as a precaution, Westover police Sgt. Matthew Starsick said, but none of the schools were believed to be targets or related to the deaths in any way.
Times staff writer Lauren Raab contributed to this report.