SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Exactly why Douglas Pennington fatally shot his two sons last month in a Shepherd University west campus parking lot before shooting himself apparently will not be released by the West Virginia State Police.
In a news release Friday, investigating Trooper K.W. Martin announced Pennington left handwritten notes in his vehicle at the crime scene that detailed "an explanation" for shooting university students Logan P. Pennington, 26, and Benjamin M. Pennington, 24, on Sept. 2, and that their father was "apologetic for his actions."
"Based on the witnesses' accounts of this incident and the evidence that was collected and examined, the information already released has been confirmed and is accurate," Martin said.
"The status of this investigation is closed."
First Sgt. L.M. Lambert said Friday the decision not to release a motive for the shooting came after discussion with the agency's legal division.