5 people killed in shootings in Johnson County

NATION-NOW     'Horrific murder spree' leaves 5 dead in Kentucky Sheriff     
      'Horrific murder spree leaves 5 dead in Kentucky

A man killed four people and took his own life in what police described as a "horrific murder spree" at two Kentucky homes Saturday afternoon.

A witness then identified the suspect as Nickell and gave a description of the auto he escaped in. Officers found two people dead there and began to search the area for the shooter, Price said in the statement.

"There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man", Sheriff Price said. The lives of four innocent victims were taken. A witness alerted authorities that Nickell was responsible for the killings, giving them a description of the black Toyota Camry he drove off in.

The Johnson County Sheriff´s office and Paintsville police referred all questions to the Kentucky State Police, who were not immediately available for comment.

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They also tell our sister station, WYMT no one is in custody and they are actively searching for the suspect involved in the shooting. After receiving a tip on the whereabouts of a suspect's vehicle, three more bodies, including that of Joseph Nickell, were later found at the apartment complex, Price said. Deputies say two additional victims, along with the suspect identified as Joseph Nickell, were found dead inside an apartment.

Sheriff Price concluded by saying, "In respect, for the victims, we are not releasing any names pending notification of families".

The incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide. "I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years", Price said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office and KSP are working the case. It was discovered that two people had been shot and were deceased in the kitchen.

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