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Tim Smith

A Stahlstown man believed to have shot and killed four people early Sunday at a Fayette County car wash is dead, state police said.

Timothy O. Smith, 28, died at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Trooper Robert Broadwater of the Uniontown barracks confirmed Tuesday.

Two doctors pronounced Smith dead at 8:54 p.m. Sunday, according to a state police incident report.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the time of death late Tuesday night, reporting Smith died Sunday night at the hospital of a self-inflicted injury.

For two days, authorities repeatedly said Smith was on life support with a gunshot wound to his head, possibly self-inflicted, and was not expected to survive.

“All I am going to say is that he was declared clinically dead Sunday night,” Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Tuesday.

Smith’s family could not be reached for comment.

The owner of Tall Cedars, a restaurant and tavern in Donegal where Smith and the others had been earlier that fatal night, on Tuesday disagreed with a characterization by a victim’s father that there had been any confrontation or run-in at his business.

Jay Springer declined to give any details of what happened. He said he turned over video surveillance to police.

Asked whether staff told Smith to leave that night, Springer said he was already on his way out.

Victims’ arrangements

Funeral arrangements have been announced for three of the four people who were fatally shot in the village of Melcroft early Sunday.

Visitation for Chelsie Lou Cline, 25, of White; her brother, Seth Cline, 21, of White; and Cortney Sue Snyder, 23, of Connellsville, will be held Thursday at the Vito C. Martucci Funeral Home in Connellsville.

Police said both Clines, Snyder and William “Billy” Porterfield, 27, of Melcroft were fatally shot by Smith just before 3 a.m. after the group had gathered at Ed’s Car Wash on Indian Creek Valley Road. A sixth person took cover in the back of a vehicle and sustained minor injuries.

Smith was wearing body armor and toting an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm handgun — along with several magazines for each — when he ambushed the group, District Attorney Rich Bower said.

Autopsies performed Monday by Dr. Cyril Wecht showed that all four victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Fayette County coroner spokeswoman. The manner of death was not released.

Police are investigating a reported incident at the Donegal bar the night of the shooting as well as cellphone communication between the group to determine what brought them to the car wash. Family and friends of Chelsie Cline’s have said she and Smith had hung out in the past, and they believed Smith was unhappy over an apparent failed relationship.

Information from the victims’ obituaries:

• Chelsie Cline graduated from Connellsville Area High School in 2011 and worked several jobs afterward, most recently at Sarnelli’s Italian Market. She was the daughter of Edward Cline Jr. and his wife, Amy, and Jody Kolarik and her husband, Daniel.

Friends described her as a kind, genuine person who spoke her mind and always had her social media accounts at her fingertips. She enjoyed spending time with her 12-year-old stepson. She is survived by her parents, two sisters, a grandmother and other relatives.

Her visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and a service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home.

• Seth Cline had a passion for buying old trucks, hunting, fishing and riding his quad. He was a dependable friend and loved playing video games and hanging out with his three nephews.

He is the son of Edward Cline Jr. and his wife, Amy. In addition to his parents and nephews, he is survived by two sisters.

His visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A service will be held at noon Friday in the funeral home. He will be buried at Hill View Cemetery.

• Snyder was a caretaker at Living Treasures Animal Park and she enjoyed the outdoors, from hunting and fishing to four-wheeling, family and friends said.

Her obituary described her as a sarcastic, witty person who was strong-willed. She had a 4-year-old son, Chase, and is the daughter of Rick and Cindy Snyder of Connellsville.

Snyder is survived by her parents, son, a sister, grandparents and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. A service at the funeral home Friday will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by interment in Mount Tabor Cemetery.

Paul Peirce, Renatta Signorini and Jeff Himler are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Peirce at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib. Reach Signorini at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta. Reach Himler at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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