Five slain in Morgantown; killer left Facebook messages
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Morgantown man posted several chilling messages to his public Facebook account days before police say he fatally shot five people and wounded two others before killing himself in Kentucky.
Shayne Franklin Riggleman, 22, killed five people at a Sugar Grove Road home in Monongalia County on Monday, said West Virginia State Police Capt. James Merrill.
Officers received a call at about 5:30 p.m. Monday from a friend of Riggleman about the wellbeing of the house's residents. Officers went to the home at about 6:30 p.m. and discovered three bodies on the first floor of the residence.
After officers called for backup, they found two more bodies on the second floor of the home.
The victims were identified by police as:
The Richardsons were husband and wife, and Katrina and Kevin Hudson were Karen Richardson's children, policesaid. Police said Katrina Hudson was six months pregnant. Raber's relationship to the others was unclear, police said.
Merrill said police know Riggleman's motive for the killings, but will finish their investigation before they speak about the details.
Riggleman was acquainted with the house's residents, he said.
On Friday, Riggleman posted a status update to his Facebook account in which he said, "Revenge is a dish best served cold and God is the chef."
Police have seized Riggleman's computer and are looking through it.
After the shootings in Morgantown, police say, Riggleman stole a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee belonging to Charles Richardson and drove to a female friend's house in Fairchance, Pa., just across the state line.
Riggleman indicated to the friend that he might have killed someone at the home, and the friend called police after Riggleman left.
After he left Fairchance, Riggleman began driving south. At one point, his Jeep collided with a vehicle being driven by an elderly woman.
The woman got out of her vehicle, and Riggleman ran her over, Merrill said. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital; her condition is not known.
Riggleman continued south on Interstate 79 until he stopped at an Exxon gas station in Amma, Roane County, just before 8 p.m.
According to witnesses, he tried to take a car owned by station employee Donnie Nichols. When Nichols tried to stop him, Riggleman shot him in the neck with a .30-30 deer rifle.
A spokeswoman at CAMC General Hospital said Nichols was in the hospital's intensive care unit Tuesday morning, but witnesses said he was alert and talking immediately after the shooting. A woman who came upon the scene immediately after the shooting and called 911 said Nichols asked her to call his wife.
After the shooting, Riggleman's Jeep sped off. It was next seen by sheriff's deputies in Lewis County, Ky., who took up the chase.
Lewis County sheriff's deputies chased Riggleman near Spy Run Cemetery Road before pulling him over. When deputies approached the vehicle, Riggleman shot himself with a .30-30 rifle, Merrill said.
Police found two rifles, a .22 caliber pistol and several rounds of ammunition in the Jeep, he said.
Police believe Riggleman's killing spree would have continued into Tennessee if police had not pulled him over in Kentucky.
Among the updates on Riggleman's public Facebook page hours before the shooting, one said, "why wouldn't they let me join the military? I'm fully capable, and there was no career for me!"
On Thursday he posted three updates, "Even a mule tries to kicks its opressor, come on human beings stand up!" and "I mate for life, not like a penguin though. I mate for life like a praying mantis." and "We're not promised tomorrow..."
He lists one of his favorite quotations as, "I ain't goin' out without a fight. I'm with whatever. it WILL be YOUR LIFE before MY LIFE."
A message exchange on Riggleman's Facebook wall indicates that he has one son.