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Melcroft, Pennsylvania

Melcroft is an unincorporated community in Saltlick Township in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] The community is located along Pennsylvania Route 381 and Pennsylvania Route 711 10.9 miles (17.5 km) east-northeast of Connellsville. Melcroft has a post office with ZIP code 15462, which opened on September 13, 1918.[2][3]

Melcroft, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Melcroft is located in Pennsylvania
Melcroft
Melcroft
Melcroft is located in the United States
Melcroft
Melcroft
Coordinates: 40°03′07″N 79°23′21″W / 40.05194°N 79.38917°W / 40.05194; -79.38917Coordinates: 40°03′07″N 79°23′21″W / 40.05194°N 79.38917°W / 40.05194; -79.38917
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyFayette
Elevation
1,417 ft (432 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
15462
Area code(s)724, 878
GNIS feature ID1180877[1]

HistoryEdit

The community's name is an amalgamation of Mellon and Croft, surnames of businessmen in the local mining industry.[4]

2018 shootingEdit

In 2018, a mass shooting at a car wash left five people dead, including the perpetrator, and a sixth person with minor injuries. The incident occurred on January 28, 2018, at Ed’s Car Wash, just before 3:00 a.m., in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, south-east of Pittsburgh. The six people involved had arranged to meet at the local car wash for a fistfight between one of the victims and the eventual shooter.[5] Chelsie Cline, 25, her half-brother, Seth Cline, 21, her boyfriend at the time, William Porterfield, 27, a friend, Cortney Snyder, 23, and another unidentified woman, met with 28-year-old Timothy O’Brien Smith at the car wash. Smith had previously been in a relationship with Cline and reportedly had an ongoing feud with Porterfield who was her current boyfriend at the time.[6] Surveillance video had shown Smith grabbing Porterfield from behind earlier that morning at the Tall Cedars bar. Smith arrived at the car wash wearing a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels, and was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a .308-caliber rifle, and a 9mm handgun.[7]

Smith opened fire on the victims with both his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and 9mm handgun. First, he killed both Cline and Porterfield, by gunning them down in the car wash's parking lot after they stepped out of their sedan. He then killed Snyder and Cline's half-brother as they sat in their pickup truck. The unidentified woman with them sat in the back of the vehicle survived after being taken to hospital.[8] In total, three vehicles were towed from the location, two were pickup trucks and the other was a sedan. After killing four people, Smith turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. He initially survived, but later died at a hospital just before 10:00 p.m.[9] At the time, it was the deadliest shooting in the U.S. in the year 2018, until it was surpassed by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting just seventeen days later.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Melcroft". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ United States Postal Service. "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Postmaster Finder - Post Offices by ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Fayette County Survey of Boroughs and Unincorporated Townships. Prepared for the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette. 1996. p. 1869. ... named "Melcroft" in honor of A.W. and R.B. Mellon and H.W. Croft who were Keppers' principal stockholders at that time.
  5. ^ "Victims at Melcroft car wash shooting were expecting a fistfight". WTAE-TV. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  6. ^ "MELCROFT SHOOTING: What we know about 4 people killed at car wash". WPXI. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  7. ^ "4 killed in shooting at car wash in Melcroft, Pennsylvania". CBS News. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  8. ^ "Jealousy and obsession may have led carwash shooting suspect to kill four, relatives say". The Washington Post. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  9. ^ Park, Madison; Sutton, Joe (January 29, 2018). "Suspect in quadruple killing at car wash dies". CNN. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Four dead in shooting at Pennsylvania car wash linked to domestic violence". The Guardian. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-02-20.