MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.
The shooter, Jody Lee Hunt, killed himself Monday inside a pickup truck in the woods after about a 12-hour manhunt, State Police Lt. Michael Baylous and Monongalia County Sheriff Kenneth “Al” Kisner said.
The rampage started Monday morning when Hunt appeared to settle a professional grudge. He shot Doug Brady, who owned Doug’s Towing, twice in the head while Brady was working in his garage. For the past couple of months, Hunt had been upset because he said Brady was getting towing jobs illegally, Monongalia County commissioner Tom Bloom said.
After gunning down Brady, Hunt drove about 20 miles across Morgantown to a home where his ex-girlfriend Sharon Kay Berkshire was with her new boyfriend, Michael David Frum, 28.
Frum was found shot to death inside the home. Berkshire was shot twice and found outside the home, perhaps because she had tried to get away.
Hunt then drove back across town and stopped at his cousin Jody Taylor’s house and killed him, police said. Berkshire had also been romantically involved with Taylor at some point, police said.