SHOOTER IDENTIFIED in Mass Shooting at Birthday Party: Four Victims Killed, Suspect Dead – Full Story Inside

Florence, Kentucky – Authorities have identified the four individuals who tragically lost their lives in a mass shooting in Florence on Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of an active shooter in a residential area on Ridgecrest Drive at around 2:50 a.m. Responding officers still heard gunshots upon arrival at the scene.

Florence Police Chief Jeff Mallery confirmed during a press conference that seven individuals were found with gunshot wounds, with four of them succumbing to their injuries at the scene. The three others were rushed to UC Medical Center in critical but stable condition. The deceased victims were identified as Shane Miller (20), Hayden Rybicki (20), Delaney Eary (19), and Melissa Parrett (44).

The tragic incident occurred during a 21st birthday party for Melissa Parrett’s son, according to Chief Mallery. Witnesses reported that the shooter fled the scene in a vehicle, which was subsequently located by law enforcement. The suspect led police on a chase down Farmview Drive and US-42 before crashing into a ditch on Dale Heimbrock Way near Hicks Pike.

Authorities confirmed that the suspect, 21-year-old Chase Garvey, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Chief Mallery disclosed that Garvey was a convicted felon unrelated to the shooting incident. Investigators are still working to determine the motive behind the attack.

“This is the first mass shooting tragedy we have experienced in Florence,” Chief Mallery expressed. He urged anyone with information to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation by contacting Florence police. The community is reeling from the senseless violence that claimed four lives and left others injured.