State Police: Deadly Summersville shooting involved business partners

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — State police say a shooting last week that left three people dead, including the gunman, is believed to have been fueled by a dispute among business partners.

“The male victim of the shooting and the shooter were co-lease owners of the business itself, so that’s the only thing that we have so far as far as a nexus connecting the shooter with the victim,” WVSP Cpt. R.A. Maddy said on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Patrick Wayne Cater, 52, is accused of shooting Khuyen Van Le, 45, and hi wife Phi Anh Le, 40, both of Summersville, at Jo’s Nails and Spa at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cater was shot by police and was pronounced dead at Summersville Regional Medical Center. The victims died at the scene of the shooting.

Maddy said it was a dangerous situations when officers arrived one scene.

“It’s my understanding he was still armed and inside the store. We are in the early phases of our investigation and gathering information, but that’s what I’m hearing at this time,” Maddy said.

An investigation continues.

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