Massachusetts State Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a shooter who allegedly killed his girlfriend and then opened fire at a Chicopee trucking company early this morning.
Suspect Wanted On Homicide And Assault Charges
The suspect has been identified as 53 year old Lewis H. Starkey III. Investigators believe that he is driving a red Lincoln MKX. The Vermont license plate number is QLTMKR.
Wanted by MSP and Wendell Police for homicide in town of Wendell. Pls call if seen or if you have info. pic.twitter.com/ujpknhISn6
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) July 5, 2017
A warrant has been issued for Starkey on charges of homicide, assault to homicide, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
According to police, Starkey shot his 48 year old girlfriend to death around midnight today.
Gunman Opened Fire On Chicopee Trucking Company Workers
About an hour after shooting his girlfriend, Starkey reportedly appeared at Specialized Trucking in Chicopee armed with a shotgun. Three employees were present at the business at that time. Starkey is said to have opened fire, injuring one of the employees before the shotgun malfunctioned. Starkey then fled the scene.
That employee was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
It isn’t clear how Starkey is connected to Specialized Trucking, but Chicopee police Officer Michael Wilk stated, “There were three people inside the business and they were familiar with him.”
Starkey is considered to be armed and dangerous.
If you see either Starkey or his vehicle, you’re asked to immediately call the Massachusetts State Police at 413-625-8200. You can also call 911. Police warn that you should not attempt to approach Starkey.