Shooting suspect arrested after self-inflicted gunshot

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TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Police have arrested the suspect in Monday's triple shooting after he shot himself.

Police say Lee Wayne Kennedy stole a Ford Focus, tried to rob Colonial Pantry in Stonington and led US Marshals on a chase to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He is suspected in a shooting that injured three people on Monday morning, including a 13-year-old girl. 

Police say Kennedy is at least in serious condition as of 5:30 p.m. Monday after shooting himself in the face. Doctors stabilized him at TMH before transferring him to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Officers say he used a handgun in the attempted robbery, which didn't result in anything stolen. Marshals found Kennedy in Christian County and chased him before he ended up in Taylorville.

Police say Kennedy cut off an ankle bracelet before leaving the city. He was under house arrest at the time.

Officers say they located Kennedy's white 1996 GMC Sierra at a McDonald's in Hillsboro. The Hillsboro school district reacted to the situation by placing schools on an administrative lockdown, according to a social media post from the district.

Court records show Kennedy lived in Washington County in Southern Illinois, and police said Kennedy may be heading back to Southern Illinois. Police say Kennedy should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Police were called to the 500 block of South Walnut Street around 5 a.m. for a report of a shooting. When they arrived on scene they found the three victims wounded including a teenager. They were taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Springfield hospitals for treatment.

"I was laying in my back room on the couch, fell asleep watching TV, and I heard 'Bam! Bam! Bam!' three shots go off pretty loud," said neighbor Mark Passoni. "I jumped up, looked out my back door, and there's a white pickup truck flying through the alley with no lights on. Came around here and just about wrecked."

Other neighbors said they had encountered police came to the site of the shooting Saturday. Taylorville police confirmed that Kennedy and one of the victims had an order of protection against Kennedy and "this has been an ongoing domestic violence situation." (Note: The number for the Illinois Domestic Violence helpline is 1-877-863-6338. More information on domestic violence is available here.)

 Illinois State Police were on scene investigating at mid-morning.

A Facebook page that appears to belong to Kennedy includes several recent posts expressing anger at family members and others:

"So someone close, pretty much family, that I have known 20+ yrs, decides to stab me in the back," read one post from March 17. "She has been sharing information with my ex on many occasions. Just know I know and you have yours coming. If your boyfriend wants to step in he gets what he gets."

Police said Kennedy had been wearing an ankle monitor but removed it.

Anyone in need of help with a situation involving domestic violence can visit this link for more information.

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