Domestic Violence Cited In Greenwood Co. Triple Shooting

By: WIBW/KAKE (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW/KAKE (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

Updated: 5:50 pm - KAKE-TV:
The search continues Thursday for a suspect wanted in connection to shooting three people in Greenwood County, two of whom died.

Thursday afternoon, Greenwood County Sheriff Rusty Bitler said a 26-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition, but her 52-year-old mother and 54-year-old stepfather were killed in last night's shooting. Their identities have not yet been released.

Sheriff Bitler said the woman was the ex-girlfriend of shooting suspect, 35-year-old Kevin Robert Welsh of Toronto, Kansas. He says the shooting was domestic violence-related.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies continue to search for Welsh. Several law enforcement officers searched for evidence around his home in Toronto earlier today. SWAT Responded just in case anyone was inside, but nothing was found.

Investigators believe he drove away last night in a 2007 Ford Explorer. This morning, officers found that SUV abandoned in eastern Greenwood County. His current whereabouts are unknown, but investigators said he might head to Park City.

A USD 259 spokesperson says that extra security has been assigned to Chisholm Trail Elementary in Park City as a precaution.

Court documents show that Welsh was arrested on August 23 on several charges including three counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal threat and a count of domestic battery. He bonded out on September 3 and was scheduled to be back in court later this month.

Anyone with information on Welsh's location is asked to call 911. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Thursday:
The search continues Thursday for a suspect wanted in connection to shooting three people in Greenwood County, two of whom died.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for 35-year-old Kevin Robert Welsh of Toronto, Kansas. Several law enforcement officers searched for evidence around Welsh's home in Toronto earlier today.

He may be driving a gold 2007 Ford Explorer with Kansas veteran's tag 20AXY, pictured above, and may have been heading for the Park City area. A USD 259 spokesperson says that extra security has been assigned to Chisholm Trail Elementary in Park City as a precaution.

The Greenwood County Sheriff said the wounded person is currently listed in critical condition. The names of the shooting victims have not been released.

Court documents show that Welsh was arrested on August 23 on several charges including three counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal threat and a count of domestic battery. He bonded out on September 3 and was scheduled to be back in court later this month.

Anyone with information on Welsh's location is asked to call 911. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Wednesday:
(WIBW/KAKE) - A shooting in Greenwood County has reportedly left two people dead and another critically injured.

KAKE-TV reports it happened around 7:30 pm Wednesday when deputies were dispatched to the report of a burglary at home near Hwy. 54 and K-99, just east of Eureka, south of Emporia. When they arrived, they found two people who had been shot to death and a third victim who had been critically injured.

KAKE-TV reports that the woman critically injured was flown by helicopter to to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita for treatment. Her condition is unknown. The victims names have not been released.

Topeka Police tell 13 News they were issued a bulletin to be on the lookout for a suspect driving the victims' vehicle, which is described as a gold 2007 Ford Explorer with Kansas Veterans Tag 20AXY.

TPD says authorities also issued an alert for a possible suspect. He is identified as 35-year-old Kevin Robert Welsh, a white male, six feet tall, weighing 185 pounds.

Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Lyon County and the Kansas Highway Patrol are among agencies assisting in the search.


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