TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A suspect accused of shooting three people, including a teenager, in Central Illinois was arrested after he shot himself Monday, police said.
Police in Taylorville, Illinois were called to the 500 block of South Walnut around 5 a.m. after a 13-year-old and two other people were shot. The victims were treated at a local hospital before being transferred to a Springfield hospital for further treatment. Their conditions have not been released.
Later in the morning, police said they were searching for 43-year-old Lee Wayne Kennedy in connection with the shooting. He was last seen driving a white 1996 GMC Sonoma with an extended cab truck and the Illinois registration: 2363510B. Police said they believed he could be headed to the Southern Illinois area.
Police said Kennedy later robbed the Colonial Pantry in Stonington, Illinois around 3:00 p.m.
Officers later spotted Kennedy on a rural road and started to chase him. The chase ended when Kennedy hit the curb in front of Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
He then got out of the car with a small handgun and shot himself in the head. He was then taken inside the hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Springfield, police said.
According to police, one of the shooting victims has a valid order of protection against Kennedy for an ongoing domestic violence situation.
Taylorville is located about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis.
On Monday afternoon, schools in Hillsboro, Illinois were put on lockdown. School officials said the car belonging to Kennedy was located in Hillsboro. The lockdown was lifted later and all students were dismissed.
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