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UPDATE 9/14/11 @ 11:45 p.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who survived the Labor Day shooting rampage by Shayne Riggleman says he forgave the man who shot him, even as he thought he was dying.

A worker at the Exxon in Amma was shot last week, as Riggleman went on a multi-state crime spree, killing five people before eventually shooting himself.

Donnie Nichols is the worker who was shot. He’s out of the hospital and sharing his story of survival, calling it a miracle he can even talk about it.

He's played out the scenarios in his mind, knowing if he'd turned an inch one way or another, he could have died.

But, he says even with what Riggleman did, he has to forgive him.

He recalls the night of the shooting, saying he’d gone to work for a couple hours.

Nichols says, "This stranger came up and asked, 'Which of these vehicles is yours?' "

He later found out from police that man was Riggleman.

Police say after committing several murders, he made his way to Amma and needed a car. So, he targeted Nichols.

"I felt something hit me in the back, and at first I thought it was lightning. It was raining a little bit," Nichols says.

It turns out he was shot in the neck with a rifle.

"He took that shot at me. But, I believe it was God and a miracle that I was turned at just the right angle," Nichols says.

He had no idea what was going on, but he knew enough to realize this could be it.

He told someone who had rushed to help him, "Be sure you tell my wife, if I don't make it out of here, that I'm ready to go."

Nichols is a deacon, and his faith drives him.

In what he thought were his final moments on earth, he prayed for the man who had just shot him.

"I didn't know he did anything else but to me. But, if I pray to go to heaven, I've got to forgive. If I hold a grudge against him, he's won."

Riggleman left behind a letter filled with writing about God and righteousness.

But, Nichols says if this is what Riggleman thought, he didn't truly understand what he was writing about.

"It comes right back to what i said when I was laying there in the parking lot and forgave him. if you don't forgive, you can't get forgiveness," Nichols says.

Nichols had some injuries before this shooting, so he doubts he'll be going back to work.

He’s getting better, but still has a lot of numbness from the nerve damage.



UPDATE 9/7/11 @ 7:05 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A letter now provides some insight into the mind of a 22-year-old man who killed six people, including a pregnant woman, before turning the gun on himself.

Shayne Riggleman's crime spree spanned three states and changed countless lives.

His mother delivered a letter Thursday to a Morgantown newspaper, The Dominion Post, that she says her son left before the murders.

It includes some strong spiritual references and some quotes directly from the Bible.

The 25-paragraph document surfaced just days after Riggleman went on a violent rampage.

It's a letter that reads more like poetry with many references to God and scripture.

It's still unclear whether or not the words are actually Riggleman's.

Her son begins by saying, "What seem to me like the words of GOD are being revealed to me," Riggleman said. "...I am not like most of the ones in this world."

Strong spiritual tones are seen throughout with experts saying 22 of the 25 paragraphs reflect references from scripture and indicate Riggleman thought he was doing God's work.

His mother says Riggleman was bipolar and schizophrenic and wasn't taking his medication.

Riggleman was also upset he was rejected from the military.

The recruitment office in Morgantown says it cannot release the details of why he wasn't allowed to serve due to the ongoing investigation.

Riggleman also had a past criminal record and served time for armed robbery.

"No force can stop his will from being done," Riggleman said in the letter which is a direct quote from Luke 10:16.

"As the world rejected him it also rejects me, now that I do his will," another verse Riggleman quotes from the Bible.

But to dispute Riggleman's spirituality, he published on Facebook he was agnostic, however, in the final days he claimed he was hearing the voice of God.

"All righteous works are wholly inspired by GOD and happen with and by GOD," Riggleman said in the letter.

State Police say Riggleman killed Charles Richardson III and his wife Karin along with their children Kevin and Katrina Hudson.

Kevin was 17 and Katrina was pregnant.

"I'm sure when they got up Monday morning, they weren't expecting not to be around Monday evening," the victim's father Charles Richardson said.

Kevin was dating Riggleman's ex-girlfriend.

He visited her after the murders and she tells WSAZ.com she knew something wasn't right.

"He's like, just get in the car we're going to go for one last ride together," Riggleman's ex-girlfriend said. "And that caught me off guard...one last ride together?"

The shooting at the Richardson's home in Morgantown was just the beginning of Riggleman's violent journey that went through West Virginia.

Riggleman stopped in Roane County were violence continued until he shot himself along a highway in Lewis County, Kentucky when deputies pulled Riggleman over.



UPDATE 9/7/11 @ 7:05 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A friend of a woman gunned down in her West Virginia home along with four others says jealousy over an ex-girlfriend may have driven the suspect's rampage.

Police say 50-year-old Karin Richardson was killed on Monday by Shayne Riggleman. Richardson's good friend Shelby Quintiliani of Waterbury, Conn., told The Associated Press that Riggleman's ex-girlfriend, Brittany Harwood, had moved in with Richardson and her husband about a month ago.

She says Harwood was trying to get away from Riggleman, whom Harwood claimed was being abusive.

Quintiliani says about a week ago, Riggleman discovered that Harwood had started dating Richardson's son, 17-year-old Kevin Hudson, who was also slain.

Quintiliani says she had talked to Richardson on Monday and she did not seem to be aware of any danger signs.



UPDATE 9/7/11 @ 4 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There is new information into the history of Shayne Riggleman.

According to the Department of Corrections Riggleman spent 15 months in prison for an armed robbery in Monongalia County in December of 2008.

That prison is in Greenbrier with an inmate population of young offenders between the ages of 18 and 24. According to the prison’s website it is the only adult facility in the state in which offenders are required to enroll and participate in the West Virginia Department of Education programming.

Riggleman was released in march of 2010.

Wednesday, news of a different kind of release. The State Medical Examiners Office in Kentucky, says Riggleman's body was released to a funeral home in Monongalia County, W.Va. about 20 miles east of Morgantown.

The Lewis County Coroner told WSAZ.com he is still waiting for the preliminary autopsy report.

But, it looks like Shayne Riggleman took his life with a Winchester 30-30 rifle.

WSAZ.com has a call into the West Virginia State Police to see if that's the same type of weapon that was used to kill his 5 victims.

Riggleman shot and killed 49-year-old Charles Richardson III, his wife, 49-year-old Karin Richardson, her children, 17-year-old Kevin Hudson and 22-year-old Katrina Hudson, and 30-year-old Robert Raber.

State police found the victims' bodies Monday at the Richardsons' residence. Merrill says police believe all five victims were shot with a high-powered rifle.

Hours after the slayings, the suspect, 22-year-old Shayne Riggleman, shot and wounded Donnie Nichols at an Exxon station off Interstate 79 in Roane County. Riggleman then traveled to Lewis County, Ky., where he killed himself during a police pursuit.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 9/6/11 @ 5:50 p.m.
VANCEBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Shayne Riggleman's rampage and his life ended on a dark rainy highway more than 250 miles from Morgantown, W.Va.

Deputies say the 22-year-old was fully loaded -- with rifles, ammo and alcohol.

In Lewis County, Ky., things were troubling and volatile just before midnight Monday. That’s where a young deputy responded to a 911 call of a reckless driver on the AA Highway.

When he finally pulled Shayne Riggleman over, things quickly went from guarded caution -- to all out gruesome

Lewis County Chief Deputy Dwayne Stone says it took Deputy Matt Ross a quarter to half mile with lights and sirens going down the AA Highway, just west of Garrison, to pull over the silver Jeep Cherokee -- now wrapped in plastic as evidence.

Stone says when the deputy cautiously walked up to the SUV with dark-tinted windows, the engine was still running.

”As he approached the driver's side door, he could see a gun barrel," Stone said. "He pulled out his service weapon and retreated to the rear of his cruiser.”

Stone says when backup arrived, they smashed in the rear widow of the locked Jeep and found Riggleman dead from a single rifle shot to the head.

”We believe as soon as the suspect pulled over he shot himself," Stone said.

The vehicle was still running. It was in drive, and he had this foot on the brake.”

Inside the Jeep, deputies found credit cards in Riggleman’s pocket that belonged to the owners of the Jeep -- West Virginia’s Karin and Charles Richardson III.

Deputies also found two rifles -- a 30-30 and .22-caliber, along with partially consumed case of beer - and more.

“The suspect had ammo in his pocket; both guns were fully loaded," Stone said. "It was tragic.

Stone says West Virginia State Troopers were quickly on the scene and took the guns, bloody clothes, and will soon get the Jeep.

Riggleman's body is at the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's office for autopsy.

Riggleman's Facebook page, which was still available as of Tuesday night, is located online at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=810580149



UPDATE 9/6/11 @ 2 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- State police say a man killed five people at a northern West Virginia residence and later fatally shot himself in Kentucky during a police pursuit.

Capt. James Merrill identified the victims as 49-year-old Charles Richardson III, his wife, 49-year-old Karin Richardson, her children, 17-year-old Kevin Hudson and 22-year-old Katrina Hudson, and 30-year-old Robert Raber.

State police found the victims' bodies Monday at the Richardsons' residence. Merrill says police believe all five victims were shot with a high-powered rifle.

Hours after the slayings, the suspect, 22-year-old Shayne Riggleman, shot and wounded Donnie Nichols at an Exxon station off Interstate 79 in Roane County. Riggleman then traveled to Lewis County, Ky., where he killed himself during a police pursuit.



UPDATE 9/6/11 @ 12:50 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A father says his son and four other people have been slain at a residence in West Virginia.

Charles Richardson Jr. tells The Associated Press that police told him the bodies of his son, 51-year-old Charles Richardson III, and four other people were found Monday at the son's residence in Monongalia County.

State Police won't say how many victims there were. Sgt. J.T Gallaher says say troopers discovered "multiple murders" in the U.S. 19/Sugar Grove area of the county Monday.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says police believe the suspect also shot and wounded a man at a gas station off the Amma exit of Interstate 79. The suspect fatally shot himself in Lewis County, Ky.

Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens identified the man who shot himself as 22-year-old Shayne Riggleman.



UPDATE 9/6/11 @ 12:05 p.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police believe the same suspect was behind a multiple murder in Morgantown, as well as a shooting that critically injured a person in Roane County.

The Lewis County, Ky. Sheriff says that man is Shayne Riggleman, 22, of Morgantown.

According to a news release, Riggleman was located early Tuesday morning in Lewis County, Ky. just minutes before he shot and killed himself.

WSAZ.com first started gathering information about the Riggleman after he was involved in a shooting in Amma, W.Va., along Interstate 79, in Roane County. That happened about 8 p. m. Monday night.

Family members of the victim in the Roane County shooting tell WSAZ.com Riggleman was trying to steal Donnie Nichols' car just before he shot him in the neck. The family says Nichols asked Riggleman why he was near his car and that is when Riggleman shot him with a rifle.

According to the family, Nichols is in stable condition at CAMC General. Nichols is 56-years-old.

Riggleman eventually took off in a silver Jeep Cherokee.

State Police issued a be on the lookout for that vehicle, spanning our entire region.

Riggleman's vehicle was located in Lewis County, Kentucky on Ky. Route 10 (AA Highway), about 5 miles outside of Garrison, about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.

State Police say that is where Riggleman shot and killed himself.

State Police say they believe Riggleman is also the shooter in a multiple murder in Morgantown.

At this point, police are not releasing how many people were shot and killed in Morgantown.

It is still unclear how the two crimes are related, but we do know there was a police chase before the suspect was located.

Authorities in Lewis County, Ky. tell WSAZ.com that 911 got a call at 11:30 p.m. about a driver speeding and trying to run people off the road.

About 10 minutes later, a Lewis County Deputy spotted the silver, Jeep Cherokee on Ky. Route 10 (AA Highway) about 5 miles out of Garrison. The deputy then turned on his lights and siren to pull over the driver. The Sheriff’s Office says Riggleman continued on for about a quarter mile before stopping; during this time nearly hitting several other vehicles.

The Sheriff's Office says as soon as Riggleman pulled off to the side of the road he shot himself. They say two riffles were found in the SUV, and Riggleman's foot was still on the brake. The deputy was still in his cruiser when the shooting happened.

Right now, WSAZ.com is waiting to get more information from the Sheriff's Office.

West Virginia State Police has scheduled a news conference in Morgantown at 2 p.m. Tuesday. That is where police will release more information about the shootings and more information about the victims.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.



UPDATE 9/6/11 @ 6:20 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com investigators have canceled the search for a silver Jeep Cherokee, believed to have been driven by the suspect in a shooting from Roane County.

However, this story has taken some wild turns early Tuesday morning.

We first started gathering information about the suspect after he was involved in a shooting in Amma, West Virginia, along Interstate 79 in Roane County. That happened about 8 p.m. Monday night.

West Virginia State Police say one person was shot in the neck and then the suspect tried unsuccessfully to carjack several vehicles. He eventually took off in a silver Jeep Cherokee.

State Police issued a be on the lookout for that vehicle, spanning our entire region.

They also told us that troopers in Roane County were comparing notes with troopers in Monongalia County because there was concern this same suspect had been involved in a shooting near Morgantown.

About 1:15 Tuesday morning State Police confirmed for us that the suspect in the Roane County shooting had been located in Kentucky.

About an hour later, State Police issued another news release that a suspect in a multiple murder that took place late Monday was found in Lewis County, Ky. The suspect then shot and killed himself, according to the news release.

Authorities in Lewis County, Ky. tell WSAZ.com that 911 got a call at 11:30 p.m. about a driver speeding and trying to run people off the road.

About 10 minutes later, a Lewis County Deputy spotted the silver, Jeep Cherokee on Ky. Route 10 (AA Highway), about 5 miles out of Garrison. The deputy then turned on his lights and siren to pull the driver over. The Sheriff’s Office says the driver continued on for about a quarter mile before stopping; during this time nearly hitting several other vehicles.

They say as soon as the driver pulled off to the side of the road he shot himself. The Sheriff’s Office says two riffles were found in the SUV, and his foot was still on the brake. The deputy was still in his cruiser when the shooting happened.

Right now, we are waiting to get more information from the Sheriff's Office.

West Virginia State Police won't confirm that the two shootings are related or that the same suspect was involved. However, investigators would say the suspect involved in the Morgantown shooting was driving a silver Jeep and that there had been a BOLO out for his vehicle earlier in the evening.

West Virginia State Police has scheduled a news conference in Morgantown at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Police are not releasing how many people were shot and killed in Morgantown.

Troopers also would not release any details about the victim from the Roane County shooting or that person's condition.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.



UPDATE 9/6/11 @ 1:15 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com a BOLO has been cancelled on a silver Jeep Cherokee, believed to have been driven by the suspect in a shooting from Roane County, West Virginia.

The suspect has been located in Kentucky.

Specific details about how and where he was found were not immediately available.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/6/11 @ 12:35 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police confirm that troopers are looking for a silver Jeep Cherokee in relation to a shooting investigation out of Roane County.

Troopers say a shooting happened about 8 p.m. near Amma in Roane County. One man was shot in the neck and taken to a hospital in Charleston. There are conflicting reports about his condition.

The shooting suspect then tried to carjack at least two vehicles in the Amma area, before getting into the silver Jeep and driving north on State Route 36.

State Police say the Jeep has damage to the front end and passenger door, as well as to the right headlight.

He is described as a white male, 20 years old or younger with a very thin build, short brownish-blond hair and wearing a t-shirt.

Troopers in Roane and Monongalia Counties are comparing notes to see if this suspect could be connected to another incident near Morgantown.

Right now, they are not sure where the suspect could be headed.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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