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Man who shot 3 people in Taylorville taken into custody after manhunt

Police believe 43-year-old Lee Wayne Kennedy shot three family members Monday.
Police believe 43-year-old Lee Wayne Kennedy shot three family members Monday. Taylorville Police Department

A gunman who police say shot three people in Taylorville on Monday, including a 13-year-old girl, was taken into custody Monday afternoon, the Taylorville Police Department confirmed.

Police believe 43-year-old Lee Wayne Kennedy shot three family members at about 5 a.m. Monday. He then fled and triggered a massive manhunt across central and Southern Illinois.

He allegedly attempted to rob the Colonial Pantry in Stonington, but did not get any money, according to WICS.He also allegedly abandoned his car in Hillsboro and stole a 2004 Ford Focus sedan.Police came across the stolen car and pursued Kennedy until he drove to Taylorville Memorial Hospital at about 4 p.m. and crashed into a roundabout.

He had a handgun when he got out of the car, WICS reported. Police ordered him to drop the gun, and he then shot himself. He has since been transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

In a Facebook post Saturday, Kennedy wrote, "someone close, pretty much family, that I have known 20 + yrs (sic) decides to stab me in the back."

The post continues, saying, "Just know I know and you have yours coming. If your boyfriend wants to step in he gets what he gets."

So someone close, pretty much family, that I have known 20+ yrs, decides to stab me in the back. She has been sharing...

Posted by Lee Kennedy on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Another post on March 14 said, "she has decided to not only to try to keep my kids from me but to visit my child from another mother and try to be part of my soon to be grandaughters life."

The post ended with, "She has made some bad decisions and very soon I feel she will reap what she sewn."

So, she has decided to not only to try to keep my kids from me but to visit my child from another mother and try to be...

Posted by Lee Kennedy on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said they are "monitoring the posts." He added Kennedy has made threats in the past, which he said was "typical of these types of cases."

The three people who were shot were taken to a hospital for treatment, but their conditions were unknown.

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Wayne Lee Kennedy mugshot taken Feb. 13.

At least one of the people shot has a valid order of protection against Kennedy and, according to Taylorville Police, "this has been an ongoing domestic violence situation." Kennedy was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with violating an order of protection.

Schools in Hillsboro were placed on administrative lockdown Monday afternoon, according to a post on the school district's Facebook page.

"Local law enforcement notified school officials that a vehicle belonging to the suspect in a violent crime committed in another community was found in Hillsboro," according to the district's Facebook post by Superintendent David E. Powell. "There has been no known sighting of the suspect. The three schools in Hillsboro have been placed under a form of administrative lock down. All exterior doors are locked and student movement is limited. "

A school official confirmed the lockdown was related to the search for Kennedy.

The Christian County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police and several other outside agencies are assisting with the investigation.

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Police believe 43-year-old Lee Wayne Kennedy shot three family members Monday. Taylorville Police Department

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